Oglala Sioux Tribe debuts veterans housing
PINE RIDGE – “We have a great opportunity here," said Paul Iron Cloud, executive director of Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing.
"Last year in 2015, Congress authorized a pilot project for Veterans Affairs Support Housing (VASH) in Indian Country,” said Iron Cloud. “We designated five of our Title VI houses to be the first five VASH houses, located at Fraggle Rock in south Pine Ridge. We’re having a grand opening on Friday, May 13 at 11:30am.”
Veterans Affairs has committed 20 vouchers to Pine Ridge -- the first five will pay the rent on the five Title VI houses and the 15 remaining vouchers will be used as leverage to secure a loan to build four four-plexes, also to be located in the Fraggle Rock neighborhood. The VASH units need to be near an approved veterans clinic or hospital, added Iron Cloud.