Senator Cortez Masto Secures Historic $1.3 Billion for Tribal Housing

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April 26, 2024

                (Photo: Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senate Photo Studio)

Senator Cortez Masto of Nevada Fought To Increase Funding For Tribal Housing Program By A Record $324 Million From Last Year

 Washington, D.C. – As part of the bipartisan government funding legislation passed last week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, secured more than $1.3 billion for Tribal housing programs, including the Native American Housing Block Grant program—which supports housing and community development on Tribal land. Senator Cortez Masto consistently leads the charge to fund this program, and she championed an increase of $324 million in funding from last year.

“I’ve heard from Native leaders and community members in Nevada about the impact of the housing crisis, so I took action to deliver critical relief for our working families,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’ll always stand up for Tribes in Nevada, and the bipartisan legislation I voted to pass includes investments to build more middle class housing across Indian Country.”

Senator Cortez Masto has been a strong advocate on behalf of Tribes in Nevada and across the country. She passed the bipartisan Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s Act, which were signed into law to protect Native women and girls, and has repeatedly advocated for additional federal funding to help Tribal communities combat violence. She is also leading bipartisan legislation to make it easier for the Indian Health Services (IHS) to recruit and retain physicians, which would help improve our health care workforce’s response to the rise of fentanyl addictions across the country, and she is pushing bipartisan legislation to help recruit and retain Tribal police officers. She also pushed the Federal Home Loan Bank System to start providing funding to help Tribes and working families build more middle class homes in Nevada..