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3 Arizona tribes will build affordable housing with $20 million federal grant

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

The latest installment of the Indian Housing Block Grant will benefit three Arizona tribes who collectively received more than $20 million from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The grant is the largest source of federal funding for Native housing assistance.

These earmarked funds will go toward 48 new affordable housing units between the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Tohono O'odham Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Sixteen units will be developed by the Yavapai-Apache Nation in Camp Verde, while the Tohono O'odham Ki:Ki Housing Association will build 18 units in Sells. The White Mountain Apache Housing Authority is planning to erect 14 units in Whiteriver. 

These communities were among 22 awardees who received nearly $128 million in federal funding. Approximately a fourth of all families living across Indian Country are burdened by the cost of housing.

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Gabriel Pietrorazio is a correspondent who reports on tribal natural resources for KJZZ.