Native Housing Bill Makes Ground In Congress

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Native Housing Bill Makes Ground In Congress

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs discharged S 1352, a bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996.

The bill was introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. and was previously approved by voice vote by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Dec. 18, 2013. The bill now waits for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to call the bill to the floor for full Senate consideration.

On the House side, Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska and Steve Pearce, R-N.M. have taken steps toward the reauthorization of NAHASDA. Rep. Pearce has circulated a draft discussion bill and sought input from tribes.

Meanwhile Rep. Young recently introduced HR 4277. Currently, HR 4277 is co-sponsored by House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Ranking Member Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii and Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., Denny Heck, D-Wash., Dan Kildee, D-Mich. and Gwen Moore, D-Wis.

Rep. Pearce’s discussion draft contains a demonstration program found at Section 701, while HR 4277 contains a reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Homeownership Act and loan guarantees for Native Hawaiian housing.

NAHASDA is a program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that awards block grants to eligible American Indian tribes to provide housing assistance to low-income families who live on reservations or other areas under tribal authority.

Originally passed in 1996, NAHASDA was reauthorized for five years in 2002, and again in 2008 for another five years, which expired in 2013.

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