Indian Affairs director clears up housing questions
To the Editor,
I wish to clear up a few misstatements in an article published in The Robesonian on Oct. 6.
The article described a proposed housing development project for the Lumbee Tribe in Robeson County. It indicated that the tribe is proposing a 50-unit subsidized housing development set aside for senior citizens, and quoted the tribe’s attorney regarding the development project in which he misstates facts associated with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs as it relates to an agreement formed on this development.
The commission has not formerly entered into such an agreement, but the commission has had related discussions with the Lumbee tribe regarding such a project. Furthermore, the article states that the commission would set aside Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for this project. However, the commission is not authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing assistance of this type in Pembroke or Robeson County. It would be a violation of HUD rules for the commission to issue Section 8 housing vouchers in Robeson County, given that the Lumberton Housing Authority is the HUD-designated Public Housing Authority.
The NC Commission of Indian Affairs will work with the Lumbee Tribe to assist and clear up any misunderstanding about how the federally funded HUD program is administered, its limitations in scope, and its funding. The commission has administered a Section 8 housing program in the counties of Granville, Hoke, Person and Warren Counties since 1976.
N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs
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