Support Low-Income Housing Grants for Native Communities
As we observe Native American Heritage Month, we have the
opportunity to take action to address the urgent need for affordable housing in
Native American communities. Urge your representative to support the reauthorization
American Housing Assistance and Self –Determination Act (NAHASDA).
Reauthorization of NAHASDA is an important policy priority
for our UCC Council for American Indian Ministries. By engaging in advocacy for NAHASDA we can
take a small step toward righting the centuries of injustice that Native
American peoples have suffered as a result of
U.S. government policy and action.
The Native American Housing Assistance and
Self-Determination Act is the main authority for the construction and
management of housing for low-income Indian families. NAHASDA consolidated many disparate programs
into a single housing grant to be managed by the tribes themselves. First enacted in the 1990s, and reauthorized
with bipartisan support over the last several sessions of Congress, NAHASDA has
resulted in many more housing units being developed compared to previous
housing statutes. Although the NAHASDA
program is modest in comparison to other federal housing programs at $650
million, it is the single largest source of federal housing assistance to
Native American communities suffer the highest rates of
poverty and unemployment in the country.
Their severe economic marginalization has resulted in a number of
significant health and social crises, including a tragic and disproportionately
high rate of suicides among youth and young adults, and high rates of domestic
violence. Stable housing is crucial to
providing a way for individuals and their families to carve out a sustainable
The gospel message of Jesus calls us to stand with the most
vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. Native peoples have suffered
centuries of marginalization and destruction, sadly, often with the complicity
and participation of the church.
Take action to help
right this history of injustice and bring hope to Native communities by urging
your representative to support reauthorization of NAHASDA.
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