Pokagon citizens, Hartford officials and a special guest from Housing and Urban Development gathered July 8 to mark the opening of the first eight homes built in the new Hartford Pokégnek Édawat.
Located on Red Arrow Highway, about one mile east of Four Winds Hartford, Pokégnek Édawat Hartford includes four townhomes and two duplexes. Additional phases could include more homes, a playground, and a community center.
Mark Butterfield, the administrator of Native American Programs for the Eastern/Woodlands Region of HUD spoke at the opening, and praised the Pokagon Band’s housing initiatives. Morris Lewis, Jr., a life-long Hartford resident who will move into one of the duplexes, told stories about growing up in Hartford in the neighborhood of Boseville, where the Hartford Nishnabe primarily lived.
Chairman John P. Warren said, “We are proud to welcome the first residents and look forward to welcoming more families as we complete the next phases of development.”
Half of the homes in the first phase of Pokégnek Édawat Hartford are designated for Elders and citizens with other abilities. Two homes feature accessible designs that include roll-in showers, lowered counters, sinks, and cook tops, under-the-counter microwaves, four-foot-wide doorways, more electrical outlets in the master suite for charging medical equipment, and larger garages for special vehicles.
The homes in Pokégnek Édawat Hartford are managed by the Pokagon Housing and Community Development Department which offers citizens assistance with home ownership, loans, lease-to-own opportunities, and rental and homeless prevention programs.