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  • You're Invited to Join Us for the Grand Opening of a New Multi-Purpose Youth Center
    view it online September 11 2015 9 a m Fort Defiance Arizona Join the Navajo Housing Authority and the Office of Diné Youth Fort Defiance on September 11 2015 for the grand opening of a 17 000 sq ft 6 7M multi purpose youth center in Fort Defiance Arizona Our master of ceremony is Pax Harvey and we ve also invited guest speakers Harold Wauneka and Ashley Mitchell Other activities include zumba live music 3 on 3 basketball and a 3 mile fitness run So tell your friends and family and come celebrate with us There will be plenty of FUN and FOOD VIEW VIDEO ON YOUTUBE Share this email with friends on The Youth Center made possible through funding provided by the NHA provides student centered activities that promote positive character development and social skills for our students I am proud of the partnership we share with the Office of Din é Youth Lynnette Michalski Superintendent of Schools Window Rock Unified School District 8 How To Find Us We are located next to the existing Office of Din é Youth Boys and Girls Club in Fort Defiance Arizona Behind That s a Burger Contact Us Here is a link

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Spending bill may cap Navajo housing dollars
    of the Navajo Nation Washington Office Due to its substantial on reservation population and vast need for housing the Navajo Nation is the largest IHBG recipient If this cap language remains in the final funding bill from Congress Navajo could lose nearly 15 to 25 million The Navajo Nation would be the only tribe that would be impacted by this language said Brossy As stipulated in Section 302 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act NAHASDA the funding formula for distributing IHBG funds is to be developed and negotiated by tribes and the secretary of HUD A significant portion of the IHBG funds received by the Navajo Nation is based upon the needs portion of that formula This proposed appropriations language is unacceptable because it violates the core purpose of NAHASDA self determination and is a serious attempt to cut funding to our Nation said Navajo President Russell Begaye NAHASDA was drafted and created by tribes when it came to developing the funding formula the tribes were very clear to Congress that any changes to the formula should be negotiated and made by the tribes This attempt to unilaterally change the funding formula through appropriations language disregards the spirit of tribal self determination which is the fundamental basis of NAHASDA The Navajo Housing Authority strongly opposes language included in the fiscal 2016 Senate Transportation Housing and Urban Development funding bill said Navajo Housing Authority NHA chief executive officer Aneva J Yazzie The inclusion of this language is an unprecedented intrusion upon the self determination component of NAHASDA Additionally the use of an appropriation bill as the vehicle came as a complete surprise Changes of this magnitude should be handled in the proper committees of jurisdiction Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Senate Banking Committee where oversight

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  • NHA 2015 2nd quarter newsletter insert
    quarter newsletter insert This email contains graphics so if you don t see them view it in your browser Hooghan Ba Hane Hello Visitor June 15 2015 Digital download available NHA 2015 2nd quarter newsletter insert The Navajo Housing Authority is pleased to offer this digital download of our 2015 2nd quarter newsletter which was distributed as an insert in the June 11 2015 issue of the Navajo Times Go

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  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mark-up NAHASDA Reauthorization Bill
    Act NAHASDA Reauthorization bill sponsored by SCIA Chairman Senator John Barrasso R WY We are pleased with the new language it reflects the negotiation that tribes including Navajo agreed upon in August of 2014 said NHA CEO Aneva Yazzie in response to the mark up We are thankful that Chairman Barrasso was willing to hear our recommendations and improve the language in the bill The primary changes made during the mark up reflect the undisbursed funds language agreed to by the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Negotiated Rulemaking Committee back in August 2014 The changes would move the threshold for withholding funds from tribe to be equal to the sum of three years of IHBG yearly allocation instead of three times a tribe s last IHBG allocation Since 2013 NAHASDA has been up for reauthorization and since that time the IHBG Formula Negotiated Rulemaking Committee which is comprised of 24 tribal representatives and two federal officials from the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development held numerous meetings Their task was to negotiate changes in the IHBG funding formula regulations A major concern during that time was how to address the issue of undisbursed IHBG funds which was an issue throughout all of the Tribally Designated Housing Entities not just Navajo The Committee was able to agree upon compromise language and the terms were clear said Yazzie If a tribe s yearly allocation is 5 million or more then the tribe s undisbursed IHBG funds would start to be withheld if that amount increased beyond the sum of the prior three years allocation however this language would not take effect until Oct 1 2017 to provide time to those impacted tribes to catch up on their undisbursed funds On Feb 10 the Navajo Nation Council in a special session

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  • NHA corrects the Gallup Independent: NHA will not lose $300 million
    immediate retraction of the misleading headline First of all the NHA is not nor is it anywhere close to losing 300 million in unspent federal funds that is a gross misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the facts said NHA CEO Aneva Yazzie The bill H R 360 which was passed by the House on Mar 23 does contain a certain withholding language with an effective date of January 1 2016 this date is unfavorable to the Navajo Nation and NHA however it is important to note that the bill still needs consideration and approval in the U S Senate Also there is a separate competing bill S 710 which was introduced by Senator Barrasso Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and it has a more favorable effective date of January 1 2018 for the withholding language Furthermore according to the fully engrossed version of H R 360 that passed by the House of Representatives the funding is not recaptured The bill language basically proposes to withhold a portion or all of a grantee s next Indian Housing Block Grant IHBG allocation if on January 1 2016 that grantee has a total undisbursed balance greater than three times the funding

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NHA, Shiprock community celebrate grand opening of $6.6M multi-purpose youth complex
    our Navajo youth and the Shiprock community said Singer the community leaders of Shiprock had a vision to help and to give our Navajo youth a place to hang out or a place to call home In 2011 ODY approached NHA with a proposal for funds to carry out a vision to have a facility built for the Navajo youth and with the assistance of the NHA grants management staff and the approval of funds from HUD the NHA Chiefs and the NHA Board of Commissioners this complex has finally been completed explained Singer This facility will allow the kids to take a break from the home and family life to have fun socialize and to be a part of this community Singer added This state of the art youth complex was designed by Dyron Murphy Architects and constructed by Arviso Construction Company with the intention of teaching our Navajo culture lifestyle and to help children to be better individuals in society Some of the features of the complex include an art game learning and weight room a technology and media center and a gymnasium Classrooms and office space are also included in the design The grand opening was well attended by ODY and NHA officials as well as Tribal leadership chapter leaders community members and students Dr Chris Percy of the Indian Health Service Shiprock Service Unit was invited as a guest speaker and spoke on the health of the community In the community we are dealing with violence and these are real issues said Percy Health doesn t come from clinics but from the community and this youth center can make a difference in the health of the community Speaking on behalf of ODY Administration was Ronald Duncan This is such an opportunity for the youth to come

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Outgoing NHA Board looks forward to transition meeting
    need of the Navajo People The NHA has been the subject of criticism for the unexpended balances that accumulated over the years beginning shortly after NAHASDA s enactment For at least the first ten years of NAHASDA HUD did nothing to assist the NHA in addressing the accumulating balances which in 2007 had already reached 320 million before the current CEO took over as CEO reads the resolution The NHA also had numerous statutory and regulatory violations that the current CEO Aneva Yazzie had to tackle on her first day as CEO The outgoing Board also leaves the organization in the middle of an administrative hearing against HUD over 96 million in Indian Housing Block Grant IHBG dollars a case that HUD has brought on themselves said Dale Many other tribes have continuously lobbied Congress to take away Navajo housing funds and have the funds distributed to them through various proposed legislations This year HUD has joined that effort by attempting to recapture Navajo funds through appropriations as well as an unfounded administrative enforcement action against the NHA the Commissioners said Recent federal NAHASDA reauthorization legislation has also pushed for a provision targeting Tribes that receive a funding allocation greater than 5 million and would withhold funding if those tribes had funds in excess of three times their current allocation This would have negatively impacted the Navajo Nation s IHBG funding allocation While the NHA wholeheartedly supports NAHASDA s reauthorization the NHA does not support any provision that would withhold funding from the Navajo Nation the recent bill that passed the House of Representatives but was stalled in the Senate would have taken millions of Navajo housing funds So far the NHA has successfully fended off such attempts to take Navajo funds said the Commissioners Three years ago the NHA prepared and started implementing a five year expenditure plan to spend down the unexpended housing funds In the first year of implementation the NHA expended 142 million In the second year that just ended on Sept 30 2014 the NHA expended 146 million of its housing funds The third year NHA has targeted 155 million in planned expenditures The Navajo Nation has received over 1 5 billion in housing funding since NAHASDA was enacted and has spent 1 2 billion to date resulting in an 80 percent expenditure rate The NHA received most recently approximately 83 million in Indian Housing Block Grant funds which breaks down to 40 percent for operation and maintenance of 1937 Public Rental and Mutual Help units another 3 percent taken for NAHASDA Public Rental Units 20 percent for Planning and Administrative costs that includes Sub recipients and the remaining 37 percent goes to new development Dale explained Since the NAHASDA funding that is appropriated to the Navajo Nation is not sufficient to meet the overwhelming need for housing on the Navajo Nation which currently equates to a 9 billion housing need the NHA has started working on alternative ways to leverage its NAHASDA funds to

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NHA presents sustainable community master planning initiative to housing professionals at Arizona Housing Forum
    20 2014 receiving the award in the category of Tribal Initiatives for its efforts in conducting a housing survey that identified a need for 34 100 homes and another 33 400 existing homes in need major repairs across the Navajo reservation This is the perfect event to highlight NHA s sustainable community master planning initiative as well as give a follow up on the progress NHA has made throughout the year said NHA CEO Aneva Yazzie NHA has shifted its efforts towards an integrated comprehensive planning approach that maximizes our funding while investing and building sustainable communities and these efforts have been recognized by respected professional organizations in planning engineering and sustainable building The breakout session entitled Tribal Housing Regional Sustainable Community Master Planning Initiative was presented by Aneva Yazzie Chief Executive Officer NHA and Vernon Swaback Managing Partner Swaback Partners on Sept 12th during day two of the housing forum At age 17 Swaback was the youngest apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright a famous American architect interior designer writer and educator What people don t know is he Frank Lloyd Wright spent a lot of years working on low cost housing and it s perhaps more important now then ever that we need demographic changes said Swaback We have problems with social security maybe running out populations getting older family structures no longer what it was so we really need to think of new ways about community When this opportunity to work with Navajo came along I thought this is perfect absolutely perfect this is the like the petri dish or laboratory of how we need to think of doing things Swaback added The session was well attended and provided valuable information and examples of NHA s master planning initiative to help participants of the session understand how NHA

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