WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) today applauded the Navajo Times for its accurate and timely reporting on the state of housing and development on the Navajo Nation in its article, “NHA officials blame Republic articles: ‘Inaccurate statements’ reported by newspaper led to removal effort.”
“We’re pleased that the Navajo Times focused on the facts to paint a full picture of NHA and the work we have done for decades to serve the Navajo Nation,” said Aneva J. Yazzie, NHA CEO. “NHA has been and will remain committed to providing quality housing and community development services, promoting opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and supporting the Navajo people.”
Earlier this week, NHA met with the Navajo Times to provide documentation and external reviews and reports dating back to 1998 to demonstrate how the facts have been misrepresented by other news outlets. The Navajo Times article notes:
“Both NHA and reports made public by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide forms that show how much money is spent each year on building new houses and modernizing older units. The forms also note how many houses were built and how many were modernized.
What these figures don’t show, however, is the fact that a large portion of these funds were also used in building new units and modernizing homes that hadn’t been completed by the end of the year…
Common sense should have clued the reporters that their calculations were off by a lot.”
The Navajo Times article can be found in today’s edition of the paper at www.navajotimes.com.
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