For the first time in more than a decade, Cherokees are once again building homes for Cherokee families. The tribe’s New Home Construction program was initiated by Principal Chief Bill John Baker immediately after taking office.
“Growing up, I saw the impact the tribe’s mutual help homes had on families I knew,” Baker said. “It built capital, self-esteem and even improved the grades of children in those homes. Our tribal citizens can still benefit from all those things today.”
The program’s goal is to grow to a point where the Cherokee Nation is building 300 new homes per year for eligible families living in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction There are no income restrictions, and participants pay a $350 a month mortgage on a 30-year term.
Schools in the area also benefit greatly from the home ownership program. Public schools receive $2,800 in federal impact aid for each Indian child in the district living in Indian housing. Housing related services administered by the Cherokee Nation include:
Housing related services administered by the Cherokee Nation include:
For more information regarding the New Home Construction program or other housing related services, please contact the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation at 918-456-5482, or toll free 800-837-2869.