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HEAVENER – Choctaw Nation Housing Authority presented keys to nine families Thursday, August 16 in Heavener as part of its lease-purchase (LEAP) program.

Families proudly posed for photos in front of their new homes before the ribbon cutting ceremony began that morning.

A crowd gathered as the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was opened in prayer by Tribal Council Jennifer Woods. Local and tribal officials were joined by family and friends of the new home owners to help celebrate the home openings.

Nestled on Maple Drive, the 10 homes are more than 1,400 square feet in size. All have two-car garages and sodded lawns. The all-electric residences come equipped with new appliances, central heat-and-air and safety features.

One of the families getting ready to move into their new home said their son is excited to finally have a yard to play in.

“Our mission is to empower, and provide opportunities for growth and prosperity,” said Chief Gary Batton during the ceremony.

The Heavener Ribbon Cutting was the fifth of 12 ceremonies to be held by the Choctaw Nation Housing Authority totaling 120 LEAP homes in southeastern Oklahoma.

Director of the LEAP program is Mandi Young, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional information about LEAP, contact Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation in Hugo, 800-235-3087 or online www.choctawnation.com/leap-program.