indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
The University of Tulsa College of Law - Master's in Indian Law
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Housing campaign seeks to build 100,000 homes
Friday, February 27, 2004

The National American Indian Housing Council on Thursday launched a major initiative to help tribes build 100,000 homes in the next 10 years.

With the assistance of some prominent Indian leaders, NAIHC plans to raise $10 million for "Housing First for First Americans." The capacity building campaign will address low home ownership rates among Native Americans and other issues such as overcrowding, which is six times more prevalent for Native Americans than the general population.

"Each day that passes is another day we have families enduring deplorable housing conditions," said NAIHC chairman Russell Sossamon, the housing director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Elouise Cobell, the executive director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, will serve as one of the co-chairs of the campaign. At NAIHC's annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday, she said she jumped at the chance to participate.

"Home mortgages are the beginning of many ways that we can develop our economies in our Indian communities," said Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.

Keller George, president of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), is another co-chair. As the first housing director for his tribe, the Oneida Nation of New York, he said he is familiar with the need for adequate housing.

"This is really an opportunity ... to make a difference in Indian Country," he said. "If we set our sights on something, we as Indian people can do it."

The final co-chair is Daniel Mudd, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Fannie Mae, a private company that provided $290 million last year to help Indian families realize the dream of home ownership. To kickstart the fundraising effort, Mudd presented NAIHC with a check for $1 million yesterday.

"Action will speak loud and clear in this campaign," he said.

NAIHC executive director Gary Gordon said the co-chairs will look to a variety of sources -- private and tribal -- in order to raise $10 million this year. "It's going to be pretty far-reaching in terms of who are going to solicit from," he said during a press conference.

Gordon added that NAIHC will not just focus on building new homes but on rehabilitation and rentals. "It's going to be a comprehensive campaign," he said.

Housing First for First Americans consists of 19 separate initiatives. Among other goals, NAIHC will help tribal housing staff, expand training, communications, research and assistance, promote homeownership, promote reputable lenders, fight predatory lending, develop partnerships and establish national and regional Indian Country housing centers. A web site for Native homebuyers is also in the works.

The demand for housing on tribal lands is immediate and great. According to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, at least 200,000 homes are needed in Indian Country.

According to other 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.

Relevant Links:
National American Indian Housing Council - http://naihc.net
Fannie Mae - http://www.fanniemae.com

Related Stories:
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:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (7/22)
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule (7/22)
Yurok Tribe shares sad news about salmon festival -- no salmon (7/22)
Mark Charles: An entire nation's big problem with Donald Trump (7/22)
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump promises a world with no treaties (7/22)
Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks (7/22)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe hosts walk for cancer (7/22)
James Giago Davies: Police officers get away with 'kill option' (7/22)
Andre Cramblit: Police officer shootings seem far too common (7/22)
Donald Trump closes convention that left out Indian Country (7/22)
New law in Oklahoma goes against Indian Arts and Crafts Act (7/22)
NMAI seeks input from tribes about veterans memorial in DC (7/22)
Blackfeet Nation swears in leaders and looks to a new future (7/22)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe kicks off popular powwow after absence (7/22)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids (7/22)
Review: Hard look at drugs in Indian Country in 'Seventh Fire' (7/22)
State takes blame for sharing Tohono O'odham Nation minutes (7/22)
Pokagon Band debuts expansion of gaming facility in Michigan (7/22)
Karuk Tribe ready for groundbreaking on long-awaited casino (7/22)
California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act (7/21)
Yurok Tribe launches operation to rid reservation of marijuana (7/21)
Laguna Pueblo loses case linked to military contract kickbacks (7/21)
Cherokee player Koda Glover wins praise in major league debut (7/21)
Education Department hosts Native youth for roundtable in DC (7/21)
Navajo Nation lawmakers approve bill for travel plaza at casino (7/21)
Mark Trahant: Trump's Republican convention is one big failure (7/21)
Native Sun News: Five Rosebud tribal members killed in crash (7/21)
Lakota Country Times: Fire deals setback to Rosebud program (7/21)
Brandon Ecoffey: Carrying the voices of our people to masses (7/21)
Delphine Red Shirt: Our children need to be kept close to home (7/21)
Peter d'Errico: Celebrating the dark side of White 'civilization' (7/21)
Oglala Sioux Tribe confirms shooting death of 13-year-old girl (7/21)
Tribes in Connecticut sponsor cruise for Republican delegates (7/21)
Tribal lobbyist not buying Donald Trump's message of change (7/21)
Mechoopda Tribe aims to work with county on delayed casino (7/21)
Seminole Tribe helps with probe into robbery of casino patron (7/21)
John Schneider: New Little Traverse casino is underwhelming (7/21)
National Indian Gaming Commission reports growth in industry (7/20)
Interior Department sends more money for Cobell scholarships (7/20)
Former chairman of Winnebago Tribe indicted on theft charges (7/20)
Bill John Baker: An endorsement for Hillary Clinton as president (7/20)
Lakota Country Times: Skate competition moves to Pine Ridge (7/20)
Vi Waln: Lateral oppression is far too real for our tribal citizens (7/20)
Clara Caufield: Indian people too often vote with our stomachs (7/20)
Native Sun News Editorial: Improve our relationship with police (7/20)
Steven Newcomb: Focusing on the independence of our nations (7/20)
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.