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Albuquerque Business First: Bill before Congress to reauthorize tribal housing law

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress that would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 30.

Congress first passed the NAHASDA in 1996 to assist tribes and their members in accessing safe and affordable housing. Those involved in the NAHASDA say it helps address a critical need for housing assistance in Indian Country, where more than 28 percent of reservation households lack adequate plumbing and kitchen facilities — compared to 5.4 percent nationally. In addition, an estimated 200,000 housing units are needed in Indian Country and about 90,000 Native families are homeless or underhoused.

“NAHASDA has a long history of bipartisan support. Its reauthorization will help drive smarter investments into Indian Country by eliminating red tape and promoting energy-efficient housing,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

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