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house Bill H.R. 360

Reauthorizing Affordable Housing Funding For Native American Familes

Argument in favor

This program is the main source of housing stability for many low-income Native Americans, and has put housing decisions back in the hands of tribal governments.

Martino's Opinion
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04/05/2015
We tool their land. It is only fair that we do everything possible to help today's natives, no matter the cost to ourselves.
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Thomas's Opinion
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05/26/2015
We were supposed to stop screwing the Indians years ago!!
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John's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Let's keep it going if you've ever saw all the land that we gave the Indians on the reservations it's disgusting it's obviously we gave them the shit and we took the best for ourselves
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Argument opposed

While the re-authorization is important, this bill is projected to cost tribes $81 million in housing project funding this year alone by cutting carry-over funds.

David's Opinion
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03/23/2015
We should get completely out of their lives
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Dennis's Opinion
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04/14/2015
Creating life long dependence comes from these never ending assistance programs. I'm all for helping someone up when they're down, but I'm not carrying them when they're fully capable of walking on their own two legs. There are huge swaths of American people who need to stand up and walk on their own two legs and SUPPORT THEMSELVES.
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Don's Opinion
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03/27/2015
I believe that there should not be federal help for specific groups of people. We should help everyone equally. After all this is the land of the free, not for one group but for everyone. I would be called tons of names and threats would be made if I started a fondation for white people.
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What is House Bill H.R. 360?

In 1996, several independent services that offered housing assistance to Native Americans were replaced with a block grant program called the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. This program was designed to guarantee loans for affordable housing and was last amended in 2000. 


This bill would re-authorize this program, and an additional $12.2 million annually to guarantee loans to Native American families for building houses on their land. A section of this bill would also authorize a program to create home rental programs for Native American veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Impact

Native Americans in the U.S., especially those who could benefit from housing assistance, the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 360

$650.00 Million
This bill authorizes $650,000,000 for every year from 2015 through 2019. A CBO cost estimate conducted in 2014 for a previous version of this bill found that it would cost about $2 billion between 2015 and 2019.

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In Depth: 

This reauthorization has strong support from organizations like the National American Indian Council (NAIC) who note: 
"NAHASDA is the most significant source of federal housing assistance for low-income American Indian families and has succeeded in providing quality, affordable housing throughout Indian Country. Passage of NAHASDA in 1996 signaled a shift away from federal control of housing decisions and recognized that tribal governments are best able to design, develop and manage housing in their own communities." 

However, this version of the reauthorization has caused alarm in the Native American community. As Indian Country Today Media Network describes in an article about the proposed bill: 

"Pearce’s bill for the most part is very good and the Navajo Nation supports it, said Carolyn Drouin, attorney for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. But she says there is one section that is “troublesome for the Nation:” Section 302, which seeks to rein in funds carried over year to year when they’re not spent. The current version of H.R. 360 specifies that carry-over funds for each tribe will be limited to three times that tribe’s yearly funding allocation. Under the provision, the Navajo Housing Authority would lose $81 million in housing funds this year alone, which would then be redistributed to other tribes, said the Navajo Housing Authority’s CEO, Aneva Yazzie."


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Indian Country Today Media Network

CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version)



(Photo Credit: Flickr user gregorywass)

AKA

Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015

Official Title

To reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed March 23rd, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 297 Yea / 98 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2015

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    We should get completely out of their lives
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    Creating life long dependence comes from these never ending assistance programs. I'm all for helping someone up when they're down, but I'm not carrying them when they're fully capable of walking on their own two legs. There are huge swaths of American people who need to stand up and walk on their own two legs and SUPPORT THEMSELVES.
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    We tool their land. It is only fair that we do everything possible to help today's natives, no matter the cost to ourselves.
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    I believe that there should not be federal help for specific groups of people. We should help everyone equally. After all this is the land of the free, not for one group but for everyone. I would be called tons of names and threats would be made if I started a fondation for white people.
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    Why should they get a break because of their ethnicity?
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    I'm tired of "funding" everyone else. Who's "funding" the average working class American who gets up everyday and works their butt off to have something in life. Quite frankly, I'm tired!!!
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    It shouldn't cost $81 million. Also, I don't like their idea of being their own tribe separated from the rest of the country. They are Americans that should integrate and join the modern world. And I'm saying this having my ancestors be Native American. Now in the modern day, this notion is ridiculous. Get with the program.
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    Has not worked for 100 years, time to stop it.
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    Safeguarding the native American population is of paramount importance, these people faced the unconquerable struggle against the onslaught of the single most destructive force in human history, the European expansion. These people have experienced generations of being second rate citizens in their own land,and I feel that any legislation that aides their lives should be pushed through without opposition.
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    After a couple hundred years, isn't it time to start making it on your own.
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    Let them support themselves thru their own revenue sources.
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    No different than other poor folks
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    We need to get rid of the reservation system entirely, not support it.
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    If they want Tribal governments, let them foot the bill.
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    We were supposed to stop screwing the Indians years ago!!
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    It's a good program and should be reauthorized.
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    Let's keep it going if you've ever saw all the land that we gave the Indians on the reservations it's disgusting it's obviously we gave them the shit and we took the best for ourselves
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    Native Americans, although once a persecuted people, must assimilate into current American society. As such, they should be responsible for procuring employment and providing for themselves and their families.
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    Minimum government. Maximum FREEDOM.
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    As with other entitlements, it breeds dependence. Since the native tribes are sovereign nations, if they wish to have housing welfare programs, let their leaders create and fund them via their highly lucrative casino (and various other) operations throughout the country. The U.S. Government is not in the housing business.
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