On January 14, 2015, Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) introduced H.R.360, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill included 13 original cosponsors, Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Don Young (R-AK), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Mark Takai (D-HI), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) Ryan Zinke (R-MT), David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN). NAIHC is pleased with the strong, bipartisan support this legislation enjoys and supports it.
This bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, a law that consolidated federal housing programs for Native Americans and block-granted the programs and associated funding directly to Indian tribes. It was last reauthorized in 2008.
Developed and championed by the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), a non-profit housing and technical assistance organization, H.R. 360 would expedite required federal approvals, authorize tribes to blend housing construction money with sanitation facilities funding, launch a demonstration program for alternative privatization authority for Native housing, and other reforms.
NAIHC urges tribal leaders and NAIHC membership to contact their congressional delegations to support swift passage of H.R. 360. To obtain information on you Member of Congress, please visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
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