Sail River Heights is a 51-acre subdivision on the Makah Reservation in the coastal town of Neah Bay. As the first permanent supportive housing for Native families on tribal lands in the Northwest, the Longhouse Apartments at Sail River Heights serve a critical need in this remote area. Its 21 units and commons building were designed through a community engagement process conducted by the tribe, during which tribal members identified important elements including a community club, garden, playground, and picnic spaces in addition to affordable housing.
The Sail River Longhouse Apartments’ one-, two-, and three-bedroom units surround a landscaped courtyard, and provide a home to families who formerly had to move off the reservation to find shelter. A commons building designed to evoke the traditional longhouse features classrooms, staff offices, a lounge, and a community kitchen.
- Client: Makah Tribal Housing Department
- Location: Neah Bay, Washington
- Year of Completion: 2014
- Project Size: 19,600 square feet; 21 Units
- Type: Multi-Family Housing