Chief Hoskin signs landmark $120M legislation to assist hundreds of Cherokee families with affordable housing and home repairs

Chief Hoskin signs landmark $120M legislation to assist hundreds of Cherokee families with affordable housing and home repairs
Chief Hoskin signs landmark $120M legislation to assist hundreds of Cherokee families with affordable housing and home repairs

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. officially signed legislation recently, investing a historic $120 million into funding for expansion of affordable housing options, low-income home repairs and other related housing needs for hundreds of Cherokee families across the tribe’s reservation.

The legislation reauthorizes Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner’s landmark Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act passed by the Council of the Cherokee Nation and signed into law in 2019. The initial legislation invested $30 million into replacement and repair of nearly 200 homes for Cherokee elders and Cherokee citizens with disabilities and upgraded community buildings with energy conserving projects such as solar panels. The 2019 Act was funded completely with revenue from the tribe’s business arm, while the reauthorization will be funded with a combination of unspent general fund revenue authorized under existing law and additional funds available under the American Rescue Plan Act.

“It gives me great pleasure to sign into law the largest housing investment by the Cherokee Nation for Cherokee citizens in history. Reauthorizing the Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act will allow us to build on the historic progress already made since 2019,” Chief Hoskin said. “As Cherokee people, we put great value in our Cherokee elders as keepers of our history and culture. They deserve to live in safety and dignity, and the reauthorized Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act will quadruple our initial efforts to end home insecurity for Cherokees while creating hundreds of quality construction jobs for years to […]

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