There is a need for roughly 4,000 homes on the reservation. That is why we are building affordable, energy efficient homes and working with families to help them navigate the process of homeownership. Not only does owning a home builds assets and stability on an individual, family, and community level, but it is also a way for families to feel a deeper sense of involvement and ownership in creating a healthy community in which people thrive.
Because Homeownership on the Pine Ridge Reservation is a complex process, our approach is also made up of several components. For one, not only is there a need for building homes, but also a need to build essential infrastructure, such as water, sewer and electrical systems, that connect to the homes. By being proactive in the development of our infrastructure, we are able to ensure that our infrastructure systems will have the capacity to sustainably support retail, commercial and community spaces that will provide homeowners with local access to amenities and job opportunities.
But addressing the physical need for homes is only part of the puzzle. We want to also provide support and guidance to families interested in owning a home, but possibly unsure of what steps they need to take to reach that goal. And, by working with other local organizations dedicated to increasing Native homeownership, we are helping to create a more streamlined path to homeownership on the reservation.
Our strategy around homeownership is not just about putting roofs over people's heads, it is about creating jobs, building assets, increasing stability, and improving the health of our community.
Because we recognize the diverse needs of our community, we offer multiple options for people interested in starting the journey to homeownership. Take a look and see which one is best for you:
"Homeownership gives families the opportunity to build equity and provide their family with a safe and stable environment."
-Star Means, Homeownership Coordinator