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Navajos recount litany of disappointments as tribe considers pulling housing authority’s funds

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navajo-reservation-pixabay-no-att-reqMore than 100 people attended a hearing at the Navajo Nation Museum on the future of the Navajo Housing Authority and who will manage about $85 million a year in federal housing funds.

By Craig Harris and Dennis Wagner | The Republic

WINDOW ROCK — Eighty-two-year-old Mitzie Begay was one of the first to arrive Wednesday morning to express her disappointment with the Navajo Housing Authority. Others joined her soon, to complain about shoddy construction, wasteful spending and poor treatment.

Begay, with the help of her walker, slowly approached the podium at a public hearing and told Navajo Nation Council delegates that her NHA home in Window Rock was falling apart despite a renovation just two years ago. She said there were cracks in her ceiling, and the roofing was poorly done. In addition, she said the construction crews didn’t properly install phone lines to her home.

“The NHA. They don’t listen to us,” Begay said. “We need cooperation.”


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