Senate introduces Native housing bill

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Contact: Jared King
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Navajo Nation Washington Office
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Senate introduces Native housing bill

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 2015. The bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, which expired on Sept. 30, 2013.

Sen. Barrasso’s bill contains a withholding clause similar to that contained in HR 360, but the effective date of the clause is set at Jan. 1, 2018, a date supported by the Navajo Nation through Navajo Nation Council Resolution CF-7-17.

In addition to reauthorizing NAHASDA, the bill would create a new assistant secretary position at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to oversee the Office of Native American Programs.

NAHASDA established the Indian Housing Block Grant and authorized funding for housing and housing-related infrastructure and community development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. A recent study of the housing need within the Navajo Nation found that 34,100 new homes are needed and another 34,300 existing homes are in need of major repair.

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