U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa are praising the House of Representatives’ approval of a bill that re-authorizes funding for housing programs to help native peoples over the next five years.

Among other things, H.R. 4329, known the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014 or NAHASDA, supports the construction of homes and infrastructure and provides loans to low-income families.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which receives money from NAHASDA, said in a press release that the bill included an amendment from Hanabusa setting aside funding for Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant and Loan Guarantees.

“Passage of this bill has been one of my priorities during my time in Congress, and as someone with deep roots in Waianae, an extremely important fight for me personally,” Hanabusa said in a statement. “After nearly ten years of our Hawaii delegation advocating for reauthorization of these programs, I am proud to see this bill pass today and I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for recognizing the significance of these programs and allowing this vital legislation to move forward. These federal funds are now critically important for Hawaii with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands state settlement funds running out this year, and with federal appropriators targeting the program for elimination on an annual basis.”

Gabbard said in a press release that the bill reaffirms the “the House’s long-standing commitment to tribal sovereignty and self-determination.”

“Over 1,400 low-income families in Hawaii have benefited from these services and, in many cases, homeownership would not have been possible given the $640,000 median price of a single-family home on the island of Oahu,” Gabbard said in her address to the House. “One quick example of [NAHASDA’s impact is] the Nakihei family on the island of Molokai. Brent and Amber Nakihei could not have afforded to remain in the neighborhood where Brent grew up. But they partnered with Molokai Habitat for Humanity and Hawaiian Homes to build a new three-bedroom, one-bath house in 2007. They invested 700 hours of work towards construction of that house, and their four children will now learn the responsibilities of homeownership from a young age and have a safe home to grow up in.”

Click here to watch Hanabusa’s remarks on the House Floor.

Click here to watch Gabbard’s remarks on the House Floor.

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