Navajo Housing Authority Advocates Federal Issues in Washington

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Navajo Nation Washington Office
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For Immediate Release

Navajo Housing Authority Advocates Federal Issues in Washington

WASHINGTON—On May 1-4, 2012, the Navajo Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer, Aneva Yazzie, staff, and Board of Commissioners addressed federal issues in Washington, DC. NHA spent two days at a Department of Housing and Urban Development negotiated rulemaking and two days on Capitol Hill advocating several key issues.

At the negotiated rulemaking held at the HUD federal offices, Executive Director Yazzie, represented the Navajo Nation as a rulemaking committee member, along with other representatives of Native American tribes to make comment on HUD’s proposed rulemaking to revise the regulations governing the Indian Housing Block Program and Title VI Loan Guarantee Program.

NHA shared with the congressional appropriations staff the NHA’s Sustainable Master Planning Initiative. This initiative partners NHA with the Department of HUD and non-profit entities such as the Enterprise Community, Inc. to develop sustainable design standards and regional area designs for Navajo communities.

The issues shared with appropriators were also shared with congressional staff from the offices of the Navajo delegation: Reps. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., Jim Matheson, D-Utah., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. 

NHA also met with the Department of Veterans Affairs representatives that provide for Veterans Home Loans. NHA seeks to help Veterans in any way possible and is looking to set further meetings with the VA to facilitate assisting housing Veterans.