June 3, 2013

Sustainability in Indian Country

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The intersection of housing and culture is brought into clear focus in this series of videos highlighting new sustainable housing projects in four Native American communities. Among the projects depicted is the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Housing Authority, which designed the energy-efficient Teekalet Village to preserve the cultural importance of fishing and waterways.  Adjacent to […]

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April 17, 2013

Taking Steps to Bring Clean Water To Indian Country

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I have occasionally used the adage, “You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry,” but most Americans have probably never seen a well, much less rely on one for water.  Surprisingly, there are still many Americans who get their water from wells not because they choose to, but because it is their only source. […]

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December 3, 2012

HUD Updates Rules to Provide Native American Greater Access to Affordable Housing

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Today, HUD published updated regulations designed to provide greater access to affordable housing for Native Americans.  In 1996, Congress passed the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) which simplified and reorganized the system HUD used to provide housing assistance to Native American communities. NAHASDA created a more efficient block grant program that reduced […]

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September 17, 2012

New Funding to Support Training and Technical Assistance in Native American Communities

HUD recently announced $7.35 million in available funding to offer technical assistance, advice and training to Tribes and Tribally Designated  Housing Entities (TDHE) so they, in turn, can improve living conditions for  Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians.  This is the first time these grants are being offered on a competitive basis. “This is […]

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July 17, 2012

A decade of producing affordable housing for Native Hawaiians

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With Hawaii trailing only Manhattan and Brooklyn as the most expensive housing market in the country, we know that living in this most beautiful of states can often be a financial challenge for many families. For Native Hawaiian families, part of the solution is an opportunity to live on Hawaiian home lands where homes often […]

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