Construction To Begin for Navajo Housing Units in Rock Springs Chapter

Navajo Housing Groundbreaking
Speaker Seth Damon breaks ground alongside Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and NHA representatives during the ceremony.

ROCK SPRINGS, NM – Navajo Nation Speaker Seth Damon was recently joined by President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and local community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony of 10 new housing units to be constructed at Rock Springs Chapter. 

The public rental units will be two-bedroom apartments for couples, smaller families, and the elderly from the region. One home will also meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for a person with disabilities and is wheelchair accessible. 

“Rock Springs Chapter has taken over seven years to make this day a reality,” said Speaker Seth Damon. “I believe the Navajo Housing Authority can rebuild homes and neighborhoods during this pandemic. Working together and after countless meetings, 10 new homes will be located in this community for our families to thrive and build a life here. The Navajo Nation Council commends all those involved for their leadership as we break ground to begin construction for this much-needed housing project.”

“This project will begin next week with our contractors from Arviso Construction, a Navajo-owned company,” said Maureen Curley, Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) CEO. “There are also plans to build more homes at the Rock Springs Chapter. Constructing new homes for the Navajo people that last a lifetime is an essential task for the Navajo Housing Authority. We look forward to working with the Navajo Nation Council and the Executive Branch to complete more projects.”

According to the NHA, the Rock Springs community has around 41 acres of land ready for new development in the future. Additionally, about 88 acres are available at the Bááhaalí Chapter, 160 acres at the Red Rock Chapter, and 144 acres of land at the Manuelito Chapter for new construction. 

“It is an honor and a historic day to be with the Rock Springs community,” said Terry Yazzie, Board of Commissioner. “These ten public rental units are just the first phase of our larger vision for the Navajo Nation. Building new homes and NHA neighborhoods begin at the grassroots level with the support of the communities we serve. Thinking ahead, these houses and apartment units will become a home for those who need it most.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that around 60,000+ new homes would need to be built to sufficiently meet the growing needs of the Navajo people. The Navajo Housing Authority is working on 50+ housing projects across the Navajo Nation in the next year.