MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) - The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has broken ground in its first housing development.
Tribal leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Sunday for the development expected to be built next spring.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Program was awarded more than $600,000 in June by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indian Housing Block Grant Program.
The Cape Cod Times reports that the tribe's first housing development, which will consist of 50 to 55 units and a community center, will be constructed on 23 acres.
The first 16 units to be built will be duplexes for tribal elders.
Marie Stone, secretary of the tribal council says many Wampanoag families have found it difficult to remain on Cape Cod because of the high cost of living.
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