The Tohono O’odham Nation’s housing authority received a $2.75 million federal grant to address family-housing needs.

The housing authority — Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association — will contribute $850,000 in matching funds, which will bring the total to $3.6 million.

“This award represents a major step forward in addressing the significant housing needs of the O’odham,” said Ned Norris Jr., the nation’s chairman.

The tribe’s annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocation is $4.9 million.

The housing authority will use the Indian Community Development Block Grant to replace and rebuild vacant and abandoned houses throughout the reservation.

Sells, about 60 miles southwest of Tucson, is the capital of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the second-largest reservation in Arizona and the United States.

Its lands are mostly west of Tucson from the U.S.-Mexico border on up to Casa Grande and Gila Bend. The reservation is roughly the size of Connecticut.

Last year, the housing association had employees and contractors repair and renovate more than 100 homes for low-income families across the nation. It also constructed homes in villages, according to an annual performance report to HUD.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104.