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20 Arizona tribes to receive $135 million for affordable housing

By: - June 20, 2022 10:46 am

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Twenty of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations were awarded nearly $135 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help increase affordable housing for Indigenous people.

“All Arizonans deserve access to safe housing,” said U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a press release announcing the funding

“We’re proud to help secure today’s funding, which will help build thousands of affordable homes for tribal communities across our state,” she added.

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The grants are part of the Indian Housing Block Grant program, which provides a range of affordable housing activities located on tribal land and areas. The grants also support the development and operation of low-income housing for tribes.

“Our successful efforts to secure these grants will mean that Arizona’s tribal communities will see thousands of affordable housing units built in their communities,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly said in a press release. 

“I’ll continue working in the Senate on solutions that make safe and affordable housing more accessible for hardworking families,” he added.

The Indian Housing Block Grant program is open to federally recognized tribes or their designated housing entities. The funding supports the efforts of tribal nations in various ways, including housing development and crime prevention and safety.

The full list of Arizona tribes awarded Indian Housing Block Grants is:

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community
  • Cocopah Tribe
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Havasupai Tribe
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Hualapai Indian Tribe
  • Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
  • Navajo Nation
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Quechan Tribe
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
  • Tohono O’Odham Nation
  • Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona
  • White Mountain Apache (Fort Apache)
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation (Camp Verde)
  • Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

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Shondiin Silversmith
Shondiin Silversmith

Shondiin Silversmith is an award-winning Native journalist based on the Navajo Nation. Silversmith has covered Indigenous communities for more than 10 years, and covers Arizona's 22 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations, as well as national and international Indigenous issues. Her digital, print and audio stories have been published by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, Navajo Times, The GroundTruth Project and PRX's "The World." Silversmith earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communication in Boston before moving back to Arizona to continue reporting stories on Indigenous communities. She is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and has made it a priority in her career to advocate, pitch and develop stories surrounding Indigenous communities in the newsrooms she works in.

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