The Cherokee Nation is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday in Vian to celebrate the upcoming construction of 30 new homes being built in a new addition by the tribe.
The three-bedroom homes, which are about 1,200 square feet each, are being built on property owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation’s New Home Construction Program. It helps Cherokee families become new or first-time homeowners.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker implemented the program in 2012. The Vian home recipients will be selected from the Housing Authority’s waiting list of New Home Construction applicants who do not own land.
Schools in the area also benefit since they receive $2,800 in federal impact aid for each enrolled student who resides in the homes.
Since the announcement of the program in April 2012, the Cherokee Nation has built 343 homes and has more than 125 under construction throughout the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. The Vian homes are slated for completion in August.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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