ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three New Mexico Native American communities will be sharing more than $2 million in federal housing grants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding grants to the Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and the housing authority at Cochiti Pueblo.

With a need for more affordable housing in tribal communities, officials say most of this year’s project winners will use their grants to build homes or to rehabilitate dilapidated housing with an aim toward ending homelessness and relieving crowding.

The Jicarilla Apache will use $825,000 to construct four energy efficient homes.

At Ohkay Owingeh, the housing authority will use $825,000 to rehabilitate 41 multi-family affordable housing units.

Cochiti is being awarded more than $600,000 to rehabilitate 20 homes.

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