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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona

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Native American families living in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community have access to 30 newly constructed, single-family homes, with low rentals and spacious floor plans. The grand opening for the Scottsdale development was in late October making it one of the first projects completed with the assistance of the $25 million Raymond James Indian Country Tax Credit Fund. The fund is investing in 16 projects with 11 tribes in seven states, providing a total of 319 single-family homes. The other states are Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Plans are under way for another fund. "Some of the projects in the next fund will be in the same states" though it is expected California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington will be added, said Ronald Diner, president of Raymond James Tax Credit Funds. The National American Indian Housing Council has estimated that 40 percent of homes in tribal areas are overcrowded or are considered substandard. The council said 69 percent of homes in these areas lack adequate plumbing. The housing problem is so severe in tribal areas that some 30,000 people are on a waiting list for rental housing.