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Wyoming allocates $1 million in federal housing assistance to Northern Arapaho program

On U.S. Highway 26, near Riverton, coming from Shoshoni. (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Family Services announced the allocation of $1 million in Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds to the Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing Program.

The agency said Wyoming is the only state so far to have allocated the federal emergency rental assistance funding to a tribe.

The U.S. Department of Treasury provided funding directly to states, territories, local governments and, in the case of ERA1, Indian tribes. 

Recent Treasury guidelines have allowed programs to reallocate ERA1 funding to authorized entities, which are the State of Wyoming, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho in Wyoming.

“Thanks to the leadership of the Governor’s Office, we have been able to reallocate funding to the Northern Arapaho Tribe to help households in their community,” Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt said. “Kudos must also be given to the Northern Arapaho Tribe, which funded non-tribal member households facing eviction before Wyoming’s state program launched last year.”

The Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing Program has met the Treasury Department’s threshold to receive additional funding, Wyoming DFS said.

The Northern Arapaho program assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the Northern Arapaho program is available here.