indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Indian housing funds see no major increase
Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Despite attempts by tribal leaders to increase funding levels, the budget for Indian housing programs remained steady in the $388 billion omnibus approved by Congress.

The 2005 consolidated appropriations act that passed the House and Senate provides $627 million for grants under the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA). This represented a reduction of $28 million below the current levels and $25 million below the Bush administration's request.

The Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program fared better. Instead of the $1 million proposed by the White House, Congress provided $5 million under this program in order to subsidize a total of $145 million in Section 184 loans. The amount sought by the Bush administration would have only subsidized $29 million in loans.

Another loan guarantee of $2 million provided by Congress will allow nearly $18 million in loans, according to the report accompanying the bill.

The less than stellar figures represent a disturbing trend for tribal housing advocates. With inflation on the rise, overcrowding six times the national average and unsafe water and sewer systems the norm on reservations, they say the federal government isn't doing enough to provide the 200,000 homes needed in Indian Country.

According to the National American Indian Housing Council, the NAHASDA program needs $1 billion in order to make a difference. Section 184 loans also need to be increased, the organization says.

"The programs were set up to bring much needed private lending into Indian Country, and that is what they are doing," said Chester Carl, chairman of the NAIHC and the director of the Navajo Nation's housing authority, recently.

Muddying the waters is $1 billion in unused funds cited by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tribal leaders dispute the figure but Congress this year authorized $54 million in rescissions for Indian housing programs.

But NAIHC has hope that the situation can improve. Just last month, President Bush signed the Homeownership Opportunities for Native Americans Act of 2004 into law, making it easier for banks to extend loans for homes on trust lands.

And earlier this year, NAIHC launched an initiative to raise $10 million for the "Housing First for First Americans" campaign. Composed of 19 separate initiatives, the program will help tribal housing staff expand their training, communications, research and assistance; promote homeownership and reputable lenders; fight predatory lending; develop partnerships; and establish national and regional Indian housing centers. A web site for Native homebuyers is also in the works.

Elsewhere in the funding bill, Congress provided $69 million to tribes under the Community Development Block Grant program, $2.4 million to NAIHC, $4 million for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian institutions and $9 million for the Hawaiian Homelands Homeownership program.

Additionally, Congress provided millions to tribes and Indian organizations through Economic Development Initiative grants. Some, but not all, of the grantees include:

• $525,000 to the Bering Straits Native Corporation for a quarry upgrade.
• $500,000 to the Native village of Shishmaref for barriers. The village is threatened by erosion.
• $1.2 million to Haskell Indian Nations University for a science center.
• $350,000 to the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana for housing.
• $250,000 to the Cheyenne River Sioux Youth Project in South Dakota for a teen center.
• $240,000 to the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for a veterans center.
• $400,000 to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for a veterans center.
• $250,000 to the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee for a cultural center
• $1.4 million for the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place, a project of the Sioux Nation.
• $350,000 to the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota for a cultural interpretive center.
• $300,000 to the United Tribes Technical College for family housing.

According to government statistics, only 33 percent of Native Americans own homes, less than half the national rate and far lower than homeownership rates for other minority groups.

Consolidated Appropriations Act:
Bill Text | Joint Explanatory Statement | HR 4818

Relevant Links:
National American Indian Housing Council - http://naihc.net

Related Stories:
Bush says housing program he's cutting is 'working' (08/12)
Tribes challenge policy affecting federal housing funds (05/04)
Indian housing funds face cuts in Bush budget (04/14)
Tribes tackle budget woes under Bush administration (4/14)
Indian housing funds face cuts in Bush budget (04/14)
Tribes tackle budget woes under Bush administration (4/13)
Budget resolution barely clears House vote (03/26)
Tribal leaders denounce BIA budget plans as reckless (03/24)
Cuts run deep for tribal programs at BIA (03/09)
Housing campaign seeks to build 100,000 homes (02/27)
Senate panel shares criticism of Bush budget (02/12)
Tribal leaders pressing Congress on funding (02/11)
Native American Bank offers new mortgage program (01/21)
Indians fight discrimination when renting homes (11/21)

Copyright 2000-2004 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Apache Messenger: Crowd protests copper mine on sacred lands (12/22)
Tim Giago: Remember the victims of massacre at Wounded Knee (12/22)
Native Sun News: Cheyenne River Sioux teen serves as role model (12/22)
President Obama signs Grand Portage Band per capita bill into law (12/22)
Harlan McKosato: It's time to bring Jim Thorpe home to Oklahoma (12/22)
Police officers in Rapid City defend fatal shooting of Native man (12/22)
Fatal Sisseton Wahpeton shootings blamed on domestic violence (12/22)
Some South Dakota tribes said to be interested in legal marijuana (12/22)
DOI orders leaders of Chippewa Cree Tribe to reinstate chairman (12/22)
Appeals court dismisses Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's land claim (12/22)
Opinion: Water deal is great for Hualapai Tribe but not for county (12/22)
Opinion: A solution for the Washington NFL team's racist mascot (12/22)
Oneida Nation plans to open $20M 'Wizard of Oz'-themed casino (12/22)
Bill to stop Tohono O'odham Nation casino fails to clear Congress (12/22)
Opinion: Tribal and state governments should get out of casinos (12/22)
Editorial: Expansion of gaming pushed as quick fix for New York (12/22)
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge's David Michaud wins fighting match (12/19)
Mark Trahant: Old school budgets a better deal for Indian Country (12/19)
Ruth Hopkins: Boycott a repeat offender of cultural appropriation (12/19)
8th Circuit sides with Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case (12/19)
BIA finalizes rule to add Alaska tribes to land-into-trust process (12/19)
Obama signs measure to extend VAWA tribal provision to Alaska (12/19)
Wyandotte Nation set to break ground on $1.4M cultural center (12/19)
Man from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe charged for cousin's murder (12/19)
Opponents of Cowlitz Tribe plan appeal of gaming land decision (12/19)
Menominee Nation off-reservation casino supporters hold rally (12/19)
Bear River Band hires tribal member as casino general manager (12/19)
Column: Poarch Creek gaming is only thing working in Alabama (12/19)
Column: Wait for decision on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (12/19)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe inaugurates new leadership (12/18)
Walt Lamar: Cooperation helps address crime in Indian Country (12/18)
Brandon Ecoffey: Tournament shows hope of the Lakota people (12/18)
Editorial: Showing caution for marijuana sales in Indian Country (12/18)
Editorial: New York governor makes right call to outlaw fracking (12/18)
Fines for foes of Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (12/18)
New York passes over tribes for first commercial casino licenses (12/18)
Factions of Cayuga Nation in court over Class II gaming facility (12/18)
Deadline extended for commercial casino eyed by Quapaw Tribe (12/18)
Opinion: Another casino isn't answer to Connecticut's problems (12/18)
Native Sun News: Youth take on lead role in Dakota memorial ride (12/17)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.