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The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) reorganized the system of housing assistance provided to Native Americans through the Department of Housing and Urban Development by eliminating several separate programs of assistance and replacing them with a block grant program. The two programs authorized for Indian tribes under NAHASDA are the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) which is a formula based grant program and Title VI Loan Guarantee which provides financing guarantees to Indian tribes for private market loans to develop affordable housing. Regulations are published at 24 CFR Part 1000.

NAHASDA was amended in 2000 to add Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment to NAHASDA adds similar programs for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands. Regulations for implementing Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) program program are published at 24 CFR Part 1006.

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The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) is scheduled for reauthorization in 2013. NAIHC conducted a comprehensive outreach effort to solicit input from its membership to be included in reauthorization of the NAHASDA statute.

On July 31, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on NAHASDA reauthorization bill S. 1352. NAIHC representatives attended and Chairwoman Causley provided written testimony. Click here to read the full testimony.

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 visithttp://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

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