HUD officials view results of Chickasaw Nation housing programs


The Chickasaw Nation welcomed visitors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) April 17. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and tribal officials welcomed HUD representatives for a daylong tour of the Chickasaw Nation’s housing, education and health developments located in Ada, Oklahoma.

“Housing is foundational to the success of Chickasaw families,” Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Community Services Wayne Scribner said. “The Chickasaw Nation’s longstanding relationship with HUD has helped us provide programs and services to support housing needs and community development for our citizens.”

HUD Regional Administrator Candace Valenzuela, and Public and Indian Housing Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Monocchio were among those to discuss First American housing issues and the Chickasaw Nation’s successful implementation of projects funded through HUD programs.

“We have worked with HUD for over 50 years, building a strong and successful partnership. Their recent visit to Ada allowed us to share the progress we have made for Chickasaw families in the community,” Scribner said.

Locations of interest included stops at the Chickasaw Housing Administration building, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Chickasaw Veterans Center and housing provided to veterans in need. Special attention was placed on visiting the Chickasaw Nation’s Hilltop Meadows Addition.

Hilltop Meadows Addition is a new planned Chickasaw community which features nearly 60 new homes. The new community was made possible by collaborations between the Chickasaw Nation, HUD and the City of Ada.

“Hilltop Meadows Addition demonstrates the great relationships we have built,” Secretary Scribner said. “The Chickasaw Nation’s Roads Department completed the roads within the community, while the City of Ada ran water and sewer lines. With 59 new homes, the power and gas companies were happy to provide services as well.”

Other stops along the tour included the Chickasaw Nation’s Wellness Center and several educational facilities.

Chickasaw Nation Housing

For more than half a century the Chickasaw Nation has provided housing to its citizens.

The Chickasaw Nation’s housing authority was created under the Oklahoma Housing Authority Act of 1965. While a great start, it wasn’t until the Indian Housing Act of 1988 that the needs of First Americans were specifically addressed. The legislation was followed by the most significant to date for First Americans, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996.

NAHASDA gave tribes, including the Chickasaw Nation, the ability to assume responsibility and administer housing programs themselves. NAHASDA allowed for flexibility with provided funding, tailoring housing programs to the specific needs of tribal citizens.

Addressing the continually changing housing needs of its Chickasaw citizens, the Chickasaw Nation has developed a number of housing services in addition to home ownership and rental assistance for low-income families. Other services include home ownership counseling and home loan services, home maintenance and repair, as well as home improvement assistance, driveway construction, and storm shelter installation.

For more information, visit Chickasaw.net.