Mental Health Association Oklahoma celebrates the grand reopening of Taylor Ridge Apartments with a ribbon cutting ceremony
OKLAHOMA CITY – Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHAOK) is pleased to celebrate the grand reopening of Taylor Ridge Apartments in Northwest Oklahoma City with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The event will take place at 4759 NW 36th Street in Oklahoma City at 10 a.m. Monday, February 27.
The 54-unit multi-family acquisition and rehabilitation project is a partnership between Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the City of Oklahoma City. The City invested $4.8 million in Community Block Grant (CDBG) funding to expand access to affordable housing – a remarkable step toward ending homelessness.
“We are thrilled to be leading the way on a project that ensures the stability of families, reduces the number of individuals experiencing homelessness and increases the quality of life for everyone,” said Terri White, Mental Health Association Oklahoma Chief Executive Officer.
The $4.8 million investment represents an innovative model in the state of Oklahoma for using CDBG and COVID-CDBG dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It ensures that long-term affordability is in place for households earning at or below 80% of area median income, while also creating access for vulnerable homeless populations by setting aside units for permanent supportive housing in partnership with the Homeless Alliance.
“Truly affordable housing is an issue of increasing importance to the community, and Taylor Ridge is an example of how the City can work with partners to address it,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “Efforts such as this improve our community’s quality of life and work to combat homelessness. We are excited to see what resources like MAPS 4 will do, as it invests $55.6 million to ultimately leverage over $400 million.”
The scope of the project included site acquisition and a full remodel of the interior and exterior. Low-to-moderate income families living at the site were direct beneficiaries and no one was displaced during the project.
Mental Health Association Oklahoma managed the project from start to finish, alongside its partners, 1 Architecture and RMC construction.
“We are proud to report the project was finished in ten months and on budget,” added White.
“The City of Oklahoma City needs thousands of units of affordable and supportive housing,” stated Greg Shinn, chief housing officer at Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “Taylor Ridge addresses part of that gap and the Association is committed to working with our public and private sector partners to deliver more units to the market.”
“It is exciting to be able to provide safe, stable and affordable housing for Oklahoma City families as we continue this winnable fight against homelessness,” said White.
For more information on our properties including Taylor Ridge, visit www.eastoakpropertymanagement.com. To learn more about the work we do, visit www.mhaok.org.
ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OKLAHOMA: MHAOK is the state’s premier boots-on-the-ground non-profit serving at the intersection of mental illness and homelessness – fighting everyday to promote mental health, prevent suicide and end homelessness.
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