Housing Authority Dedicates Elderly Housing

Photo 1: picture of library
The library offers a quiet refuge

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Marcella Sams' photo quilt

Marcella Sams of Stilwell, Oklahoma, is as proud of her new home as she is of her family photo quilt, which adorns the wall of her bedroom. The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation (HACN) recently dedicated Stilwell Senior Housing, where Mrs. Sams lives.

"This is a shining example of what teamwork can accomplish," said Mayor Reggy Cox at the dedication. "This meets a need that we have had in this community for a long time."

Chad Smith, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation, joined the mayor in applauding the teamwork that went into the building of the 40-unit complex. "This new development was very innovative and a little bit daring, but anything for our elderly is worth the risk," he said. "After touring Mrs.Sams' apartment and seeing her family history quilt, that is worth the weeks of work to see our elders served."

Stilwell Senior Housing improves the quality of life in a poor area. Residents enjoy a community atmosphere and the company of others. "We need more of these," said Jim Wilson, State Representative, District 4. "HACN, through successful partnerships with the City of Stilwell, Cherokee Affordable Housing, Inc., and Cherokee Nation allowed us to apply for the tax credits for this elderly development. Without any one of these partners, the Stilwell Senior Housing would not have happened."

The applicant must qualify within income limits and be 62 or older. These units, all handicapped-equipped, are open to the public. The rents for all eligible elderly Cherokees will be assisted through the HACN's Rental Assistance Program. The Stilwell Senior Housing is an equal opportunity housing development; therefore, Indian preference does not apply.

For more information, contact Stilwell Senior Housing Manager Toni Nevitt, at 400 North Eighth Street, or call (918) 696-3050.

Content Archived: July 20, 2011