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Construction complete on Cherokee Nation efficiency homes for elders

 

Last updated 6/12/2020 at 4:37pm

The Cherokee Nation

(L to R) Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and District 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan recently toured one of the Cherokee Nation's new income-based efficiency homes for elders in the Shade Addition in Hulbert.

HULBERT, Okla.-Construction on the Cherokee Nation's eight new efficiency homes in Hulbert was recently completed, and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation continues to take applications for future tenants.

Construction began in November 2019 on the one-bedroom, 720 square-foot efficiency homes that will be used as income-based rental units for Cherokee Nation elders.

"In times like these, it is important that our Cherokee Nation elders have a place they can call home," said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. "Programs like these ensure that we provide housing so our most vulnerable citizens can continue to social distance.  This is the type of innovative approach to housing that we need across all of Cherokee Nation."

"I applaud the administration and the Housing Authority for taking an innovative approach to housing needs, and I am excited to see this project completed for the Hulbert community," said District 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan. "We are always looking for new ways to provide housing for our elders. The hard work of our Housing Authority will be appreciated for years to come by the Cherokees who will live in this new addition."

Applicants must be 62 years or older to qualify. Household income must be at or below 80 percent of the national median income guidelines, and rent will be based on income. The head of the household or spouse must be a Cherokee Nation citizen. Background checks will be conducted.

"These units were built with elderly occupants in mind, and will provide safe and sanitary living conditions for them," said Gary Cooper, executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. "With many people now experiencing lower incomes, our elders need homes with rent based on income, and the Housing Authority is willing to help."

The Cherokee Nation is also building 12 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom efficiency homes for Cherokee elders in Tahlequah, as well as three three-bedroom family units in Salina, in an effort to replace some of the tribe's oldest rental properties. All of these units are expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.

 
 

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