The Nisqually Tribe is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday for a new 20-unit family multiplex.
Right now, the tribe has 139 people waiting for housing, including several single-parent families, officials say. In addition, some of the people waiting for housing are homeless.
Nisqually tribal assistant housing director Natosha Kautz said the complex will feature one- and two-bedroom apartments.
“This type of housing addresses the needs of some of the folks who have been on our housing roster the longest,” Kautz said.
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The multiplex, which is being built by contractor Advanced Native Construction Co. is planned for a site that was used for the tribe’s weeklong potlatch during the 2016 Canoe Journey. Two single-family homes already have been built nearby through a program that trains Nisqually tribal youth and community members in construction.
Many of the housing interns will work on the multiplex.
“It’s the No. 1 thing we have been focused on — housing,” said Nisqually tribal chairman Farron McCloud. “We are so proud to see our youth helping bring these much-needed homes to our community.”
The groundbreaking event, which will feature singing and dancing by the Nisqually Canoe Family and a barbecue lunch, is open to the community. The site is about a quarter mile north of the administration building, near the welcome pole off Billy Frank Jr. Drive.