Residents Move Into Housing Complex for Homeless

By KBJR News 1

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM CDT

Bois Forte Reservation (Northland's NewsCenter) - Residents moved in to a housing complex for the long-term homeless Friday.

The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa opened its 20–unit complex, called New Moon, about a month ago.

For some residents at the complex, the new homes could mean new beginnings.

"I never knew where I was going to be. I'm a person that likes to be stable and my life was upside down," said New Moon resident, Roxanne Weatherton.

When a disability left her unable to work, Weatherton spent about eight months sleeping on friend's coaches, living out of a suitcase. Now she's unpacking them.

Weatherton was accepted into the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa's New Moon complex.

Milo Villebrun was hired as a caretaker for the complex. Before moving there he didn't have a place of his own for more than two years.

"I [was] actively looking for housing," he said, "Everything's just been uphill. I really like the area. The opportunities are amazing."

Opportunities that for some aren't just once in a lifetime, but the start of a new life.

"I needed my own place to start my new life," said Weatherton, "I just can't thank them enough, can't thank them enough."

Residents will be moving into the New Moon complex throughout the summer.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.