Because these grants are tied to coronavirus relief funding, tribes must use the homes as isolation or quarantine units, at least at first.
Quinhagak Tribal Police Chief John Peter said that if temperatures rise and the ice breaks, the search could resume. If not, they will wait until spring to look for the seven missing people.
The Coast Guard stopped searching for the overdue boaters on Oct. 27 after searching Nunivak Island and the western coast of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region for four days.
Four communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta currently have community spread of the coronavirus and 31 communities have had at least one COVID-19 case.
The group was traveling in a 20-foot gray, aluminum-welded boat with a blue Yamaha outboard motor.
Fifty-one of the new cases are in the village of Chevak, with a population of about 1,000.
Northern and Northwest Alaska now have the highest case rates in the state.
Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk entered lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19.
On Oct. 5, health officials announced 20 new cases, all in Quinhagak — an unprecedented single-day increase for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Like many villages, Quinhagak has strict travel restrictions in place to protect the community from COVID-19.