Forty percent of housing on Indian reservations deemed substandard

June 08, 1998
Forty percent of housing on U.S. Indian reservations is substandard, with many homes too crowded and lacking adequate plumbing, the head of the National American Indian Housing Council said Monday. Reservations, on which an estimated 800,000 Indians live, need 200,000 new housing units immediately, Chairman Chester Carl told the group's convention in Tampa.
     "In tribal areas, 40 percent of the housing is considered substandard, compared to 5.9 percent of housing generally," Carl said, adding that 21 percent of dwellings were overcrowded and 16 percent did not have adequate plumbing.