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Cherokee Nation building homes for Cherokee families. | Chief Bill John Baker

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For the first time in more than a decade, Cherokees are once again building homes for Cherokee families. The tribe’s New Home Construction program was initiated by Principal Chief Bill John Baker immediately after taking office.

“Growing up, I saw the impact the tribe’s mutual help homes had on families I knew,” Baker said. “It built capital, self-esteem and even improved the grades of children in those homes. Our tribal citizens can still benefit from all those things today.”

The program’s goal is to grow to a point where the Cherokee Nation is building 300 new homes per year for eligible families living in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction There are no income restrictions, and participants pay a $350 a month mortgage on a 30-year term.

Full article: http://www.cherokee.org/Banners/Homes.aspx

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