Chehalis Tribe to Lease Land for Homes
We have good news for the tribal community, the Chehalis Tribe is rolling out its new Home Site Lease Program! The plan is to lease tribally owned trust land to enrolled Chehalis Tribal members, so that you can build your very own house. There are some requirements and some restrictions, but the basic program is set up like this.
Enrolled Chehalis Tribal members can apply to lease up to 1 acre of land. You must have a pre-qualification letter from a bank that shows you can afford to build a house. You must also tell us who will live in the house and allow a brief background check, because there are some restrictions for recent criminal activity. Once you are accepted, you can pick out a parcel from the available lands and the proposed lease will be brought to the Business Committee and then the BIA for approval. Once the lease is approved, you will have 2 years to build your house. The lease will be good for two 25 year terms (50 years) and can be renewed, or passed on to your spouse, or children if they are enrolled Chehalis members.
Questions about the new program can be directed to the Tribal Realty Program at 360-709-1850, or the Tribal Planning Department at 360-709-1807. We look forward to helping you get settled in your own new homes!
Glen Connelly – Director Department of Natural Resources