Poverty and Public Health
7:57 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Navajo Nation In Violation Of HUD Grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD for short, says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150-million in housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.

In a letter of warning to the Navajo Housing Authority, HUD gave notice that the tribe was in violation of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act.

The violation? Failure to spend grant money awarded to Navajo Housing for crime prevention and safety, tenant-based rental assistance, and rehabilitation of old unit to name a few.

The total grant for those programs in 2012: about $215-million. The money actually spent on those programs over that period: about $66-million.

Since 2000, HUD estimates that the Navajo Housing Authority has been sitting on nearly $434-million in unspent housing funds.

Repeated calls to the Navajo Nation for comment on the unspent funds were not returned.