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AZ, NM tribes share in veterans housing funds

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Posted at 4:52 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 06:52:05-05

Tribes in Arizona and New Mexico are sharing in more than $1.1 million in federal funding to help address homelessness among veterans.

The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agencies awarded a total of nearly $6 million to 26 tribes and tribal entities.

The agencies say recent statutory changes allow for American Indian veterans to use housing vouchers.

Some 80 veterans in Arizona and New Mexico are expected to receive housing assistance and support services, thanks to the grants.

Housing authorities on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and the San Carlos Apache and Tohono O'odham tribes in Arizona successfully applied for the funding. Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico also benefits.