HUD Secretary Julián Castro to Visit South Dakota & North Dakota on 1st Trip to Indian Country

Thunder Valley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro will visit South Dakota and North Dakota on Tuesday, October 21st and Wednesday, October 22nd for a series of events as part of his Opportunity and Investment Community Tour. This will be Secretary Castro’s first trip to Indian Country in his new role.

As part of his visit to South Dakota on Tuesday, Secretary Castro will join U.S. Senator Tim Johnson to meet with leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation and to tour the Thunder Valley Community Development in Sharps Corner, South Dakota.  This month, HUD announced that the Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing Authority has been awarded $400,000 through the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program. The community will

HUD Secretary Julián Castro

HUD Secretary Julián Castro

use the grant to remediate and prevent mold in at least 75 low-rent units including bathrooms, kitchens and basements.  Secretary Castro and Senator Johnson will tour some of the communities in the Pine Ridge Reservation that have benefitted from HUD funding. Additionally, HUD announced this month that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the  Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota will receive $900,000 and $400,000 in ICDBG funding respectively, to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development.

On Wednesday, Secretary Castro will join U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp in Belcourt and Williston, North Dakota to discuss infrastructure and housing needs in the community. In Belcourt, Secretary Castro will visit the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and hear directly from tribal leaders, state and federal officials, and community organizations. In Williston, Secretary Castro will join Senator Heitkamp’s roundtable discussion on housing challenges in Western North Dakota. This month, HUD announced that the Spirit Lake Housing Authority in North Dakota will use a $900,000 ICDBG to rehabilitate 29 substandard homes occupied by low- to moderate-income families. The project will preserve the affordable housing stock in the community by improving the safety, comfort, and energy efficiency of the units. It will also promote economic development through job creation.

Secretary Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. Castro views HUD as the department of opportunity, judging success by one standard: how well HUD secures new opportunities for the people it serves.  In his first weeks as Secretary, Castro has traveled the country for his “Opportunity and Investment Community Tour” hearing directly from the American people about housing and urban development issues impacting their communities.  The tour provided Secretary Castro an opportunity to see the innovative ideas and solutions that are being generated to create strong, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. 

Thunder Valley Community Development – Event Detail

Who:              Julián Castro, HUD Secretary

                           Tim Johnson, U.S. Senator


What:             Thunder Valley Community Development Tour

When:            Tuesday, October 21, 2014
2:30 p.m. MDT  


Where:          Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation – Sharps Corner


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