Choctaw elders gain new housing in Coalgate

Photo by Chris Jennings/Choctaw Nation

Chief Gary Batton and District 12 Councilman James Frazier cut the ribbon opening the new Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Independent Elder Housing community in Coalgate. They are joined by Choctaw residents, tribal elders, representatives from the housing authority and local officials at the ceremony Friday, June 14, 2019.

COALGATE, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation Housing Authority held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 14 for a new Choctaw Independent Elder Housing community. The new neighborhood consists of 10 brick homes and a common building for Choctaws aged 55 and above.

Each home has 850 square feet of living space, an attached carport and a covered front porch. The design includes one bedroom, a living area, bath, kitchen and safe room. All come equipped with new Energy Star appliances: refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.

Noting the ongoing construction taking place within the Choctaw Nation, Chief Batton stated that the tribe has now opened 156 Independent Elder Living homes in southeastern Oklahoma.

Chief Gary Batton said, “These ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are becoming common place for us. It’s great that we are able to do this.”

For information or to apply for the Independent Elder Living program, contact the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in Hugo at 800-235-3087 or Tracy Turner, rental manager at 580-889-5888 or

June 2019