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New Rec Center Ground Breaking

Please join us as we break ground on the new Meskwaki Nation Recreation Center.  Located behind the Meskwaki Public Works building, next to the Health Clinic, the new state-of-the art facility will host numerous amenities including community and youth areas, a day care, gymnasium, and more!

 

Tribal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funding Now Available

Tribal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Meskwaki Housing Program will administer the Tribal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP) through local networks of nonprofit agencies starting June 1, 2021.  TERAP can provide rental and utility assistance for eligible renter households affected by COVID-19 so they can retain their housing stability.

Funding will provide rental and utility assistance to eligible households who pay rent or lease their home.  If you are eligible and qualify for assistance, the process could take as long as 14 days before payment is available.  We do not make payments online.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Homeowners Assistance Fund Survey

Meskwaki Mortgage Assistance Program Needs Survey

Funds are currently available for Tribal Members and Descendants who own their own homes and are in need of mortgage assistance due to COVID-19 financial hardships.

To gauge our community’s need in the program, please fill out this survey.
All Meskwaki Tribal Members AND Descendant are eligible.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!  

What is HAF?

The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF), was established under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.  HAF was established to address financial hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to eligible homeowners to prevent mortgage delinquencies, defaults, or foreclosures.  HAF also helps prevent loss of utilities, loss of home energy services, or displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020.

Eligibility to receive HAF support is established by reviewing qualified expenses related to mortgages and housing.  Mortgages include any credit transaction (or unpaid principal balance thereof) that is secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other security interest on a principal residence of the borrower (homeowner).

ARP requires the Department of the Treasury to make allocations to Tribes based on the same formulas used for allocation of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

In order to participate in the Homeowner Assistance Fund, each Tribe must submit a notice of funds request to the Department of the Treasury.  The deadline for a Tribe to submit a notice of funds request is September 30, 2021.  The Tribe is using the survey results to determine whether it is in the best interest of the Tribe to accept funding and manage a new Mortgage Assistance Program, or to allow the State(s) to address mortgage assistance needs of the Meskwaki Community.  HAF funds, whether accepted by the Meskwaki Tribe, must be made available to any certified Native American.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE:  Homeowners Assistance Fund Survey

New SettFit Challenge Begins May 3rd

A new health and fitness challenge will be starting through the Meskwaki SettFit Program (on-line) on May 3rd. All Meskwaki Community Members and Tribal Operations Employees are eligible to participate but you will need a smart phone or Health Activity Tracker/Watch to track your movement.  (If you do not have one but would like to participate, contact Ashley Aylsworth.)

Sponsored by the Meskwaki Diabetes Program and the Meskwaki Health Clinic, win prizes for being physically active as you step your way to bigger and better prizes! Are you ready to StepFit into Summer?

To find out more or watch the challenge unfold, sign up to be a part of our SettFit Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/345146646038745 

To participate in the challenge, join us through the Wellable Program – Click this link to sign up and get started: https://app.wellable.co/

If you have questions or need help getting started, call the SettFit team:  Ashley Aylsworth, Jennifer Scales, or Jason Jefferson.