The Penobscot Nation Housing Department was re-organized in 2000 to become that part of Tribal Government responsible for safe, quality and affordable housing. Since its inception in 1978 tribal housing development has created nearly 150 units of affordable housing, nearly 1/3 of which have been conveyed into private ownership. Today, the Housing Department serves as a resource for a number of housing activities to assist tribal members.
The Housing Department manages nearly 94 units of single and multi-unit housing for income eligible households. Applicants may apply for single bedroom up to 4 bedroom homes, as well as designated elderly and disabled units. In addition, the Housing Department operates a number of other programs that provide emergency rental assistance; emergency repairs for owner-occupied homes; and assistance with closing costs associated with home purchases. Through partnerships the Housing Department has also been instrumental in developing new housing; fighting crime, supporting youth programs, providing essential community facilities, and assisting the elderly while supporting the operations of the 6-bed assisted living facility.
Services are focused primarily on Penobscot Tribal lands, but support is also provided nearby, and all are encouraged to contact the Housing Department if they are looking for housing help and to discuss available services.