July 29, 2014
4:50 pm

New Homes for Tribal Village

If it truly takes a village to raise a child, there should be many additional opportunities for happy children in the community of Dowagiac.  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians showcased 32 brand new duplexes and townhomes this week in their tribal village, Pokegnek Edawat, located in Dowagiac.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development joined members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the leadership of the Pokagon Band's Tribal Council in an up-close and personal tour of the tribal village at mid-week.  These new homes nearly double the current size of the village to a total of 66 homes now.  All of the new homes assist Pokagon Citizens, and help fulfill the tribe's commitment to providing affordable housing coupled with economic development and increased self-sufficiency.

Bob Moody is Vice Chair of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.  He tells us, "The Pokagon Band provides a variety of services to our Citizens including education, health care, housing, language and cultural preservation, and social services.  These homes are the result of our continued mission to support our Citizens and help them obtain a better quality of life."

All homes in the tribal village are managed by the band's Housing & Facilities Department which offers assistance with home ownership, loans, installation or improvements of wells and/or sewer services, repair and rehabilition assistance, lease-to-own opportunities, and rental and homeless prevention programs.

A portion of the workforce that built the new homes came from a Pokagon Band Carpenter Apprenticeship Program developed in partnership with Southwestern Michigan College. 

The tribal village is located at 27043 Potawatomi Trail, just northwest of the intersection of Peavine andn Dailey Roads in Dowagiac.
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