Red Lake Nation receives virus recovery money
September 8, 2020
Red Lake Comprehensive Health, a health organization in Red Lake Nation in northwestern Minnesota, is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help tribal residents prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
The funding is part of $100 million in grants to tribes across the nation as part of the federal government's Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat program, which provides funding to address problems that pose an immediate threat to public health or safety of tribal residents.
The grant money will be used for several projects on tribal lands nationwide, such as building new rental housing to address overcrowding and homelessness; building transitional housing for people who must quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19; and building an emergency operations center for COVID-19 issues.
"Tribes are finding new strategies in the face of the pandemic to address the health and safety of their communities through these grants," said Joseph Galvan, HUD Midwest regional administrator.