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.
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.