Cowlitz Indian Tribe to Help Bring Affordable Housing to Tumwater

Tumwater, WA: The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is partnering with South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity to build 28 3- and 4- bedroom townhomes in Tumwater. As the Neighborhood Sponsor for this project, the Cowlitz Tribe made a $100,000 donation to the project. The community will be named Tâlícn, which means “to help” in the Lower Cowlitz Coast Salish language. These homes will be sold at an affordable price to first-time homebuyers, infrastructure work is set to begin in the spring of this year with homes beginning to be built later this fall.

“As a builder, it is critical that we understand that the history of the land we build on is significant, that we honor it, and that we acknowledge that we are not the original stewards,” stated Carly Colgan, CEO of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.

Executive General Council Chair of the Cowlitz Tribe David Barnett stated, “The Cowlitz Tribe is blessed to be in a position to help and give back to our community. It is an honor to use a word from our Tribal language for such a great cause.“

The homeowners in the Tâlícn community will enjoy a reasonable commute to many job centers and excellent schools. Along with, shops and services within a practical distance and an actively growing community. These townhomes, built to Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards, will promote sustainable living and increase energy and water efficiency.

Other funding partners on this project include the City of Tumwater, Olympia Federal Savings, Thurston County, Washington State Housing Trust Fund, and Habitat for Humanity International. Project costs are also reduced through in-kind donations and thousands of volunteer hours.

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is proud to be a part of the Tumwater community. For information on how to apply, or general questions regarding this project email [email protected].

About South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity: South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Founded in 1989, the organization builds homes in Thurston County, partnering with families in need. As active participants in building a better future for themselves and their families, Habitat homebuyers make a minimal down payment and contribute sweat equity in building their home, then pay an affordable mortgage. To learn more, visit