The Pritchett family is one of four families to receive keys to a new home in the Fairfield community of Stilwell on June 20. (L to R) Executive Director of the Housing Authority Gary Cooper, Tribal Councilor Jodie Fishinghawk, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Kevin Pritchett, Sylvia Pritchett, Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis.
STILWELL, Okla. —Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden presented keys to the newest homeowners under the Cherokee Nation’s New Home Construction Program in the Fairfield Community of Stilwell on June 20.
A total of nine homes are now complete on the Cherokee Nation property in Fairfield, with four families moving in recently, while the other five families move in as soon as an access road is complete.
“It has been a dream of mine for so many years to see the Cherokee Nation return to building homes for our citizens,” Baker said. “Our citizens deserve the opportunity to be homeowners, and our youth deserve the opportunity to live in a clean and healthy environment in which they can be proud.”
The families enjoy an up to 1,300-square-foot home for an affordable $350 a month payment, which includes insurance.
“Receiving this home from the Cherokee Nation will continue to help my family grow,” said Sylvia Pritchett, who has one son. “We now have something our son can call home and always return to.”
Since the implementation of the program in April 2012, the Cherokee Nation has built or is finishing up 41 homes for Cherokee families. Of those, 22 families have moved in. Another 18 new homes will also begin construction this summer in Adair and Sequoyah counties.
Since the New Home Construction Program is not funded with NAHASDA grant money, it is not limited to low-income Cherokee citizens. Applicants must only show they have an income level of at least $15,000 per year and applicants who own land receive preference.
For more information on the New Home Construction Program, call 800-827-2869 or visit http://housing.cherokee.org.
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Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896
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