Washoe Tribe completes first new house at Stewart in years
The Washoe Tribal Housing Authority has finished building the first new house at Stewart in years.
Interim Executive Director Nancy Nizankiewicz said soon it will be occupied by a low income tribal family, which will free up space for another family in the tribe’s low income housing.
But she said it’s not going to be the last.
The 1,620 square foot, three-bedroom home on Delahedah was built with funds set aside from a federal Housing and Urban Development Grant through the Indian Community Development Block Grants program. Nizankiewicz said they are already approved for funding to build two 4-plexes on Washoe tribal property — one in the Carson Colony off of Curry Street and the other at Woodfords to the south just inside California.
Development and Facilities Manager Richard Lombard said the house cost about $220,000 to build. He said the 4-plexes will be considerably cheaper to build at about $139,000 apiece.
He said the tribal Housing Authority is also working to get another ICDG grant for an additional 4-plex and one more new single family home.
“After that, maybe apartments,” said Nizankiewicz.
Lombard said the authority is also building manufactured homes. He said he starts work on one of those, funded through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in about 30 days.