Tribal Council approves 2019 Indian Housing Plan

July 10, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the fiscal year 2019 Indian Housing Plan during its monthly meeting Monday.

The Indian Housing Plan serves as the Cherokee Nation’s annual blueprint for the use of federal Indian housing dollars. Under the 2019 IHP, more than $30 million of federal funds is expected to be used for housing assistance, including $5.6 million for housing rehabilitation, nearly $4.5 million for the Rental Assistance Program and $3.4 million for the Mortgage Assistance Program.

“The Cherokee Nation’s housing plan continues to improve the lives of Cherokee citizens,” said Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan, of Hulbert, who is a member of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Advisory Board. “Whether it’s a rehab project, a low-interest loan or rental assistance, this program is literally opening new doors for our citizens. That’s a great feeling and I’m proud of the progress our housing plan makes each year.”

In other business, the Tribal Council also:

Reappointed Tonya Rozell and Patsiann Nix Smith as board members of the Cherokee Nation Foundation.

Reappointed J. Blake Fletcher as a commissioner of the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission.

Approved a resolution authorizing submission of an application for a Tribal Soil Climate Analysis Network.

Approved a resolution authorizing submission of a grant application for an economic development feasibility study in fiscal year 2019.

The next meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will be Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.