Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority honored the past progress and future growth of its iconic new housing development at a three-pronged ceremony March 29.
The Longhouse Project was given its official Twulshootseed name (see image to left) meaning land of hidden waters, and guests were able to tour the recently completed first phase of the culturally-minded, environmentally sustainable housing units. Officials also broke ground on the second phase of the project, which will include an additional 10 one- and two-bedroom homes to the Northeast Tacoma site.
The first 10 units have already been assigned to local, low-income tribal members and families, with a waiting list of tenants are ready to fill phase two.
"Developments like this don't happen overnight. They take time, leadership, courage, innovation and patience. They also take partnership," said Mary McBride, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regional director. "That is why I am here today. To recognize and honor the partnerships HUD was able to provide in this project."
Tribal Councilmember Sylvia Miller commented on the significance of providing safe, clean – and in this case, cutting-edge – housing to families in need.
"This is such an honor to be able to have housing for our people. My family, my friends, now have homes. It gives them such pride to have these facilities."
Housing Authority Executive Director Annette Bryan thanked council, HUD staff, congressional leaders, construction teams and PTHA staff for all their continued hard work in creating such a high quality, high need project.
She noted the project is on track for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, something that is unheard of in tribal housing projects nationwide.
"And we are 100 percent full, with a waiting list. The need for these units is definitely there."