Navajo Housing Authority Advocates for NAHASDA Reauthorization

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Navajo Housing Authority Advocates for NAHASDA Reauthorization
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Indian Housing Bill

WASHINGTON— Navajo Housing Authority officials continued their advocacy efforts today for the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) on Capitol Hill in advance of a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on NAHASDA, which expires Sept. 30.

NAHASDA provides funding for housing programs in Indian Country and is up for reauthorization every five years.

“We want NAHASDA reauthorized for another five years,” stated Ed. T Begay, chairman of the NHA Board of Commissioners. NHA submitted written testimony to the committee, supporting the reauthorization of NAHASDA.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced a reauthorization bill July 24, 2013. Joining Sen. Cantwell as co-sponsors of the bill are Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Al Franken, D-Minn., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Maize Hirono, D-Hawaii and Brian Shatz. D-Hawaii.

Sen. Cantwell, at the end of the hearing, said “NAHASDA reauthorization is a high priority for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.”

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