I was talking with my eldest son Richard the other day when he brought up what happened to some friends of his – Raymond and Loretta (last name withheld for privacy reasons) recently.
They were ordered to move out of their apartment because the Yurok Indian Housing Authority had purchased the apartment complex and they were non-Indians, thus not eligible to stay. Mind you, this is off-reservation; in McKinleyville. The apartment complex is located on Chance Lane.
Somehow that doesn’t seem right to me. Low income non-Native Americans have to relocate to accommodate low income Native Americans. American taxpayers are getting screwed again because they’re footing the bill for this nonsense.
What’s happening on the Yurok reservation? Rents too high? Not enough apartments? Both possibilities, but I don’t think that’s the case. This is an opportunity for the Yurok tribe to buy land and make money outside of the reservation. It’s that simple. We do live in a capitalistic system where money opens all doors.
Nothing illegal has happened. It’s all explained here:
“Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) reorganized the system of housing assistance provided to Native Americans through the Department of Housing and Urban Development by eliminating several separate programs of assistance and replacing them with a block grant program. The two programs authorized for Indian tribes under NAHASDA are the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) which is a formula based grant program and Title VI Loan Guarantee which provides financing guarantees to Indian tribes for private market loans to develop affordable housing. Regulations are published at 24 CFR Part 1000.
NAHASDA was amended in 2000 to add Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment to NAHASDA adds similar programs for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands. Regulations for implementing Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) program program are published at 24 CFR Part 1006.”
All the explanations above show legal ground for the Yurok Indian Housing Authorities’ takeover of non-Indian housing outside their reservation for profit.
My son’s friends are receiving assistance in this forced relocation (that’s what it is) and were given a Relocation Advisory Package. It offers monetary help for moving expenses and attempts to put the displaced occupants into a similar situation.
Where’s the sense in displacing low-income non-Native American tenants, with low income Native American tenants? It sounds like a waste of taxpayer money to me. Federally funded HUD is already a bloated government agency wasting taxpayer money, and senseless programs like this “tenant relocation” deal with Native Americans is a good example of what I’m talking about.