U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, held a hearing on “Housing Partnerships in Indian Country” today in Washington, D.C. and Travois was thrilled to participate!
David Bland, chairman of Travois, and Cheryl Causley, executive director of the Bay Mills Housing Authority and chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council, were asked to testify about their experiences working on affordable housing in Indian Country.
Travois was honored to be included and thrilled to speak with the committee about the successes and challenges we’ve seen in Indian Country. We took the opportunity to speak about the significant strides many tribal housing authorities have made using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and to suggest changes that could improve housing on reservations.
Mr. Bland suggested that modifying language in the Community Reinvestment Act to encourage investment on tribal land could spur millions of dollars to flow to Indian Country and that better coordination among federal agencies could remove impediments that currently divert or delay funding to much needed housing developments.
Visit the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs website to view a webcast of the hearing and to read testimonies.
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