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Navajo Housing Authority to forfeit $26M after settlement

Navajo Housing Authority to forfeit $26M after settlement

The Associated Press
October 05, 2017 02:25 PM

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million of the $96 million in federal dollars it was awarded for affordable housing projects as part of a settlement.

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The U.S Department of Housing and Urban had accused the housing authority of failing to use the federal funds to complete affordable home projects in 2012 as it had planned.

An investigation by the Arizona Republic found that the housing authority had a history of wasteful spending. Many of the newspaper's findings were later backed up by U.S. Sen. John McCain's office.

According to a statement from the housing authority released Tuesday, the $26 million will put back into the housing funding pool and will be counted in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act allocation in 2018.

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