Washington, D.C. - President Kelsey A. Begaye recently testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at a hearing on the Implementation and Reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA).
President Begaye emphasized one of his priorities is to provide adequate housing to the Navajo people by supporting the reauthorization of NAHASDA.
“We are requesting the support of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to amend NAHASDA to allow more flexibility to Indian tribes to administer programs and to undertake housing activities,” stated President Begaye, “Tribal consultation between Indian Tribes and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is an important component of this relationship and is a process of utmost importance to the Navajo Nation and other tribes.”
President Begaye also indicated that, with his encouragement, the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) has embarked on the creation of a private housing market to leverage existing federal funds to meet the Navajo Nation’s housing needs. President Begaye also stated that housing development would provide meaningful employment opportunities and that by contributing to the Navajo workforce, it will advance Navajo self-sufficiency. NHA has also established a mortgage guarantee program that will allow Navajos to purchase affordable homes.