MAY 29, 2001 The Department of Housing and Urban Development has rejected a proposal by Calista Corp. to start its own housing authority for its Alaska Native shareholders. The $5.8 million plan was rejected because it didn't fit the requirements of the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act. But it was also opposed by the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority in Bethal. AVCP services 39 tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. AVCP said a proposed center in Bethel wasn't needed and would have only received $1.6 million of the entire amount proposed. HUD's Native housing programs have come under scrutiny in recent years. An audit issued in March criticized HUD for improperly approving a housing proposal by Cook Inlet Region, Inc., another Alaska Native corporation. Get the Story:
HUD turns down Calista's housing authority plan (AP 5/29) Relevant Links:
Calista Corp. Overview, Juneau Empire - http://juneaualaska.com/between/calista.shtml Related Stories:
Audit: Alaska Native dorm improperly approved (4/17)
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