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ANCHORAGE - Structural damage to 55 homes in the western Alaska village of Quinhagak will be repaired in time for winter, thanks to a special $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD is awarding the funds to the Native Village of Kwinhagak, the tribal council of Quinhagak.
The funding was announced Friday at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference held this year in Anchorage.
Officials said the award is a response to concerns about housing quality in Alaska Native villages that were raised with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Deputy Secretary Ron Sims in recent visits to Alaska.
Officials said U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, also requested urgent funds for repairs to the homes.