Bluestone shows new way of building NHA housing

By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
Navajo Times

HOUCK, Ariz., Aug. 21, 2014

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Among the junipers, yucca, cacti, wild flowers and medicinal herbs in the Fort Defiance Plateau, Bluestone – a sustainable community development project – will be home to approximately 160 families.

This is the vision of the Navajo Housing Authority, its board of commissioners and CEO Aneva Yazzie, which held the groundbreaking for the multi-million dollar, eco-friendly project Wednesday morning.

Situated on 80 acres of fee simple land owned by NHA off Interstate 40 near Ft. Courage, Bluestone is considered the first project of its kind in the Navajo Nation.

It is a prototype that shows the direction NHA and Yazzie are going – a shift in planning toward an “integrated and comprehensive approach that maximizes our funding while investing and building sustainable communities,” said Yazzie.

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