House approves Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Sept. 6 the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination (NAHASDA) Reauthorization Act of 2007.

Chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC)¬ Marty Shuravloff said "The House has shown its unequivocal commitment to address the dire housing needs of Indian Country."

As chief sponsor for reauthorization, Rep. Dale Kildee (D Mich.) spearheaded a bipartisan effort to push for passage of this important Native legislation.

Originally enacted in 1996, NAHASDA consolidated several federal housing programs into a single, formula based block grant program. Built on the solid foundation of Indian self determination law and policy, NAHASDA recognized tribal authority to provide housing and related infrastructure to their members in a way that maximizes tribal decision making and flexibility in meeting their housing goals.

"This vote today means that Indian housing has passed a major milestone on the road to reauthorization. Passage of this bill in the House helps ensure that tribes and their housing authorities are provided the urgently needed tools to continue the efforts to improve the housing conditions that our people face every day," Shuravloff said.

"The amendment to expand housing and community development loan programs to include tribes is a welcome addition to NAHASDA," he concluded.

Congressman Kildee shepherded the legislation through the Financial Services Committee, headed by Chairman Barney Frank (D Mass.), and was joined by co sponsors, Rep. Maxine Waters (D Calif.), also Chairwoman of the Sub Committee on Housing and Community Opportunity, Rep. Dan Boren (D Okla.), Rep. Tom Cole (R Okla.), Rep. Steve Pearce (R N.M.), and Rick Renzi (R Ariz.).

The NAIHC is composed of 265 members, representing 428 tribes, and is the only national Indian organization representing Native American housing interests. For more information on this hearing or other housing news, please visit www.naihc.net.

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