New tribal housing development celebrated in Yakutat

An aerial view of Yakutat. (Photo courtesy Nate Catterson)

Yakutat, Alaska (KINY) - The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe and Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to note the completion of the Yakutat Fourplex Housing Development.

The 6-star energy-efficient housing development was originally launched in October 2018 in response to Yakutat’s housing shortage.

“This project is a demonstration of partnership in action. When we work together and stand as one, much can be accomplished,” said Nathan Moulton, YTT Tribal Administrator. “This collective vision and direction are the true embodiment of Tribe and community. YTT is so fortunate to have such a strong partner in THRHA and the City and Borough of Yakutat. To all the staff at THRHA and CBY who’ve helped make this project a reality, Gunalchéesh!”

Data from the 2019 Housing Survey conducted by THRHA, Rain Coast Data, and SALT demonstrated Yakutat’s need for affordable housing options. Data also showed that 54% of Tribal Citizens are housing cost-burdened and spend over 30% of their income on housing expenses.

“Yakutat has many economic opportunities to grow and we are honored to have partnered with the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe,” said Jackie Pata, THRHA President & CEO. “By bringing more affordable housing options to the community we are ensuring that families have housing options, especially if they want to move back home.”

The project was funded by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. YTT owns the land the duplex was built upon and will retain ownership while THRHA will manage the property.

 

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