- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing more than $4 million to American Indian tribes in Maine.

The Indian Housing Block Grant allocations are distributed each year for a range of affordable housing activities. The Maine grants are part of a total of more than $651 million going to more than 600 tribes across 34 states.

In Maine, the Passamaquoddy tribe is receiving nearly $984,000 for its Indian Township reservation and $845,000 for its reservation at Pleasant Point. The Penobscots are getting $1 million, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs is getting $637,000 and the Houlton Band of Maliseets is getting nearly $538,000.

The money will primarily benefit low-income families. HUD Secretary Julian Castro says the funds will help ensure that “everyone has a fair chance to thrive.”

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