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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NHA public rally supporting NAHASDA reauthorization draws large crowd including elected officials
    it was favorably discharged on July 31 2014 H R 4329 now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives The Senate companion bill S 1352 was introduced on July 24 2013 by Senator Maria Cantwell D WA The Senate Banking Committee favorably discharged the bill on March 24 2014 S 1352 now awaits consideration by the full Senate The rally drew a number of elected officials who expressed their concern about the housing needs on the Navajo Nation they also provided their support and views on NAHASDA NHA has laid the foundation to bring housing development to every community throughout the Navajo Nation said Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly NAHASDA allows us to put homes in our community give us a roof and an opportunity This rally is to support the NAHASDA reauthorization which is important and the people in Congress need to know why we need to save these dollars added Shelly We know the needs are great and we stand ready to meet the call I d like to say the NHA has been in my community for several years and I have seen people get assistance we are looking forward to having more homes built in that area said Elmer P Begay Dilcon Indian Wells Teesto Whitecone Greasewood Springs Other dignitaries attending the event included NHA Board of Commissioners Navajo Nation Council Delegates Mel R Begay and Lorenzo Curley and the Former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah To conclude the rally NHA held a pre screening of To Build a Home to a packed auditorium at the Navajo Nation Museum The 48 minute documentary film about the housing challenges on the Navajo Nation was shot at different locations across the sprawling Navajo reservation from January to August The film introduced a cross section of Navajo people in the midst of battling housing challenges from families that were awaiting homes to interviews with leadership from NHA and the Navajo Nation The film also depicts how the NHA is setting a sustainable path to meet the unique challenges that the organization faces in providing and building housing There is a dire need for housing that exists on the Navajo Nation said Aneva Yazzie NHA CEO This film is emotional because it provides a first hand account of the immense housing need on the Navajo Nation and illustrates how important the federal housing funding is needed In a recent 2011 housing study NHA officials found that more than 9 billion is needed to build 34 000 new homes and another 33 000 existing homes need major repairs just to bring them up to basic livable standards There are many barriers that attribute to the completion of housing projects on the Navajo Nation as examined in a recent Mar 27 th report from the U S Government Accountability Office GAO entitled NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING Additional Actions Needed to Better Support Tribal Efforts The 57 page report to Congress by the GAO describes the complexity of the housing development challenges on

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  • Sept. 5th, 2014 - RALLY to Support NAHASDA Reauthorization and Film Presentation
    What is NAHASDA Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act NAHASDA recognizes a tribe s right to self determination and self governance offering tribe s greater flexibility in planning implementing and administrating their own unique housing programs The Navajo Nation receives federal housing funding through the Indian Housing Block Grant IHBG program which was created through the NAHASDA About the Film HOME is a 48 minute documentary film about

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NHA unveils plans to develop sustainable community at Houck
    of a very organized development of a community starting from ground zero The vegetation is not disturb right now but we are going to turn it into a community so that Navajo people can enjoy Begay added If everybody is in accord Bluestone will be a showcase not only for the community of Houck but also for the Navajo Nation so we have to support this This is the first demonstration community to be built by NHA and will serve as a model for other sustainable community developments across the Navajo Nation We want to showcase what can be accomplished in all our chapter communities said NHA CEO Aneva Yazzie Bluestone will offer a mixture of housing options for all income levels In August 2011 the NHA completed a Housing Needs Assessment for the Navajo Nation This was the first study ever completed for the Nation using a statistically sound representative sampling of family households on the Navajo reservation The study revealed a housing need for 34 100 new homes and a need for major repairs on 34 300 existing homes When you look at the needs assessment our challenge was then how do we bring housing in a sustainable environment Yazzie asked We needed to take a look at how we approach and plan for sustainable development Based on the assessment NHA procured Swaback Partners to develop a sustainable community master plan to identify how to deliver the housing need for each of the 110 Chapters on the Navajo Nation This effort began in January 2012 and was successfully completed in September 2012 Each of the 110 Chapters has received its own unique community master plan in January 2013 The master planning effort is for the Navajo Nation to begin development planning for integrated infrastructure that addresses not only

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NHA creates opportunity for Navajo trades

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  • Newsletters
    2016 2 Digital download available NHA 2016 1st Quarter newsletter 04 February 2016 3 KTNN RADIO FORUM TOPIC OF DISCUSSION NHA Veterans Housing Assistance Policy Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher Program 02 February 2016 4 FY2015 ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT APR 02 December 2015 5 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHA awards 21 4M to Chinle Nursing Home to build 120 bed care facility 24 November 2015 6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHA Board approves Veterans Housing Assistance Program Policy Annual housing plan to include 3M for veterans housing 23 November 2015 7 Digital download available NHA 2015 3rd Quarter newsletter 30 October 2015 8 House payments online made simple with E Bill Express 14 October 2015 9 You re Invited to Join Us for the Grand Opening of a New Multi Purpose Youth Center 03 September 2015 10 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Spending bill may cap Navajo housing dollars 26 June 2015 11 NHA 2015 2nd quarter newsletter insert 15 June 2015 12 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mark up NAHASDA Reauthorization Bill 23 April 2015 13 NHA corrects the Gallup Independent NHA will not lose 300 million 25 March 2015 14 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHA Shiprock community celebrate grand opening of 6 6M

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  • Outgoing NHA Board looks forward to transition meeting
    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 develop more housing The NHA has now started to enter into leveraged financing initiatives as the next step for the master planning initiative

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