A bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) through the end of FY18 (H.R. 4329) passed the House by voice vote on December 2.
NAHASDA authorizes the main housing programs available in Indian country, including the block grant. H.R. 4329 would make several reforms, but would not increase NAHASDA’s authorized appropriation level of $650 million per year. Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) introduced the bill on March 27. The House Committee on Financial Services approved the bill on July 30 (see Memo, 8/4).
Mr. Pearce offered a substitute amendment to the bill on the floor that differs from the Committee-passed bill. The bill now includes reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant and the Native Hawaiian Loan Guarantee. The authorization for both of these programs has expired.
“By providing Native Americans more housing, we expand pride in communities and increase opportunities for the next generation. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly adopt this legislation,” Mr. Pearce said in a statement after the bill’s passage in the House.
It is unclear if NAHASDA reauthorization will occur in the final days of the 113th session of Congress. The House bill, in deference to tribal sovereignty, includes a provision to exempt tribes from compliance with the Brooke rule, which generally limits rents to 30% of household incomes. Some Senators are concerned that under the provision tenant rent payments could become unaffordable without the Brooke rule in place.
Read Mr. Pearce’s statement on H.R. 4329, http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-pearce-native-american-housing-bill