2010-07-28 / Front Page

OST Partnership for Housing promoting affordable housing

Governor’s house on display in Pine Ridge
by Tom Crash - Times Correspondent
PINE RIDGE -The OST Partnership for Housing has brought a Governor’s House to Pine Ridge to allow prospective home owners a chance to see an example of an affordable home; the house is located in the B.I.A. parking lot in Pine Ridge.

Photo by: Jerry Matthews Photo by: Jerry Matthews “We have brought several of these homes to Pine Ridge Reservation,” said Pinky Iron Plume Clifford, OST PFH executive director, “the houses are 1,008 square feet with two bedrooms, exterior walls framed with two inch by six inch studs, well insulated and low maintenance at a cost of $33,000.”

The Governor’s House program was created in 1996 to create a way to provide reasonably sized, affordable homes to income-qualified individuals and families. Over 2,000 homes have been sold helping to provide South Dakota residents with a quality, low cost, low maintenance, energy efficient place to call home. Medium-security prisoners at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield build the homes on the prison campus. The completed homes are then trucked to buyers across the state.

“This program provides a great opportunity for young families, for a way to own your first home,” said Clifford, “they are built with two bedrooms, one bathroom, oak kitchen and bath cabinets, electric or gas forced heat and vinyl windows with insulated glass. Partnership helps with credit re-build-

 ing, finding loan funds and preparing the site.”

 Interested buyers are responsible for locating and securing the building site, the foundation, utility hookups, floor coverings and appliances.

The display house is available for tours; interested individuals and families may make an appointment for a tour by calling 867-1555 or by visiting the

   Partnership office in Pine Ridge located a block south of Big Bats.

Partnership is a tribally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to creating homeownership opportunities for tribal members living on Pine Ridge Reservation through homebuyer counseling, credit counseling and repair, mortgage facilitation, down payment assistance and construction of new homes.

The Partnership has developed a number of innovative programs including self help projects, providing a vehicle for making mortgage loans and development of more affordable housing.

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