Wyandotte Nation receives 1.3 million dollar grant to build new low income housing
Hope to break ground early spring
WYANDOTTE, Okla. — Wyandotte Nation received a $1,385,745 grant for new housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Local resident Jane Anderson was thrilled at the news.
“There wasn’t much here a long time ago and the tribe has been wonderful to develop so many programs and there’s something here for everyone, you don’t have to be a gambler but if you are it’s here and the housing grant, oh my goodness, I just think it’s remarkable.”
She says there is a need for more low income housing in the area.
“There’s not enough housing for people that live in very poor housing conditions, maybe have slum landlords or just don’t have the funds to make a big deposit to live somewhere nicer.”
The Indian Housing Block grant was awarded to 52 out of 200 applicants.
“We were fortunate to be one of those 52 and one of 4 tribes here in Oklahoma to receive one” said Wyandotte Nation Chief, Billy Friend.
The grant will be used for 3 low to medium income homes in a current housing project area, and 2 new duplexes for single families in another housing development.
“It’s a great benefit to our tribal citizens, you know, our mission here at Wyandotte Nation is to improve the quality of life to every tribal citizen and what better way to improve someone’s life than provide quality affordable housing” added Chief Friend.
Chief Friend says this grant fits in perfectly with their community development plan.
“Anytime you look at future growth of course you need population and so one way to increase population in the area is to provide housing.”
There are already 25-30 families on a waiting list for new housing.
“I do know the houses built by the tribes are top-notch, they really are” added Anderson.
Wyandotte Nation is hoping to break ground on new homes in early spring next year.
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