The pueblo received more than $1 million for community housing improvements. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the announcement Jan. 11. The pueblo can use the HUD funds to implement a number of programs, including new home construction, acquisition, modernization or rehabilitation, housing services and housing management. "Native American communities lag far behind others when it comes to home ownership and access to quality, affordable housing," Bingaman said. "This block grant will provide Santo Domingo with some of the resources needed to build and manage more affordable housing." Bingaman said the pueblo has a track record when it comes to creating affordable rental housing and opportunities for home ownership. Last year, the pueblo was awarded a HUD Best Practices Award for Creative Financing. The award came for a project that made the pueblo the first New Mexico tribe to complete an affordable housing development by selling on the free market low-income housing tax credits supplied by the state Mortgage Finance Authority.
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