I have some very exciting news to share!

Earlier this week, the tribe signed paperwork completing the purchase of Toyon Villa Apartments from Beluga Point LLC. The tribe now owns the building, and the Kenatize/Salamatof Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) will manage the apartments.

The TDHE Board of Directors is composed of members of both Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Salamatof Tribal Council, who have partnered in an effort to provide affordable housing to their members.

The purchase is a sound investment in our commitment to our tribal members.

The building offers a mix of studio, one-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments – 32 units total – and it sits on just under an acre of land adjacent to the Dena’ina Wellness Center.

Existing leases will be honored and the onsite manager will remain in place to continue the good job she and her husband have done running the building.

We currently have a waiting list for housing. Apartments will be offered to people on our list as they become available. The building will be managed with a mix of subsidized and market-rate apartments. Qualified tribal members and other Alaska Native and American Indian people can find applications for housing at the tribe’s administration building at 150 N. Willow St. in Kenai.

We are thankful for this opportunity to provide much-needed affordable housing to the people we serve. This purchase will further the tribe’s mission, to assure that Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina thrive forever. It is a good fit with our vision to honor and sustain the health and happiness of family as a “first responsibility.”

A’a yaghali. It is good.


Jaylene Peterson-Nyren

Executive Director