Altamont’s Grand Reopening
Come Tour Altamont
Mental Health Association Oklahoma is pleased to complete its $2.7 million renovation of its 1930s-era Altamont Apartments. Please join us for the Altamont’s Grand Reopening, May 7 at 10 a.m. at 12 East 12th Street in downtown Tulsa.
“We hope that everyone joins us in the enjoyment of the reopening of Altamont,” said Mike Brose, the Assocation’s CEO.
The Altamont renovation began in late April 2018. It was made possible through a mix of public and private funding.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said of the renovation, “I view Altamont as, really, a key part of our overall work in reducing homelessness in Tulsa. The City of Tulsa is trying to do our part with innovative programs like the A Better Way program and the Sobering Center. But we also recognize that there are true housing issues that we can assist with.
“We're proud to be a partner from a funding standpoint on the Altamont Apartments. We believe that it'll help get many of our neighbors off the streets and into the kind of housing and support services that they need to get back on their feet. So we're really proud to be partners in this with a number of other very crucial agencies.”
The Altamont renovation is one of the first National Housing Trust Fund projects in the United States. It included the installation of Altamont’s first elevator. It also includes new historically-appropriate windows and new and renovated bathrooms and kitchenettes.
Altamont is staffed 24/7 by caring people who understand the unique needs of Altamont tenants who have started new lives in recovery -- tenants just like Frank Horn.
“I'm totally surprised at what's been going on at Altamont,” Frank said. “I moved here April 3, 2008 and then it seems like it just gets better and better here … It's a wonderful thing and I'm glad I'm here at Altamont.”
The Association would like to thank the City of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Tulsa Area United Way and all of our partners and supporters. Without your belief in our mission and programs, many more people would be homeless in Tulsa and the Altamont Apartments would not be possible.
May 7th Altamont Walking Tour Guide
1 Staff Offices
Staffed 24/7, the Altamont office was renovated to improve functionality and make the front desk more inviting.
2 Dining Room
The dining room was repainted, the floor refinished, new ceiling tiles installed and furniture refreshed, including a donated pool table. The existing bathroom was renovated to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
The installation of the new windows and removal of the old window air-conditioning units have dramatically improved the appearance of the building. The windows are custom manufactured to restore Altamont’s historic appearance and are energy efficient. Due to fire safety improvements, the exterior fire escape, wiring and conduits were removed de-cluttering the facade. Altamont’s first generator will be installed on the newly-poured concrete pad.
4 Activity Room
New furniture will be provided as a part of the renovation.
5 First Elevator
The newly-installed elevator required the reconfiguration of apartments on three floors. It better serves tenants with limited mobility, and tenants can more easily access the floors.
6 Improved Homes
Each unit now has its own bathroom and kitchenette. Three units, one on each floor, were made accessible for people with disabilities. All units will receive new furniture purchased at a discount from long-time supporter Snow’s Furniture, including a bed, bedding, chest, table and chair. Funding for the furniture was generously donated by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
Renovation By the Numbers
Estimated total renovation costs $2.7 million
$972,000 provided by the City of Tulsa using HUD HOME funds for affordable housing
$999,979 was provided by OHFA using National Housing Trust Funds (NHTF) for affordable housing for extremely low-income persons.
The balance of the funding was provided by Mental Health Association Oklahoma.
This is one of the first NHTF projects in the US and the first project nationally to be provided an operating reserve ($350,000 awarded by OHFA for use post-construction).
Timeline and History
Renovation began in late April, 2018 and ends May, 2019
Property acquired by the Association in 2004, was built in 1930
Pre-renovation: 41 units, post renovation: 39 units, all for extremely low-income persons, below 30% of AMI, for 40 years after project completion
This project prioritizes disability access and preservation of affordable housing for people with disabilities who have experienced homelessness.
Installation of the building’s first elevator-providing access for people with mobility impairments to the upper floors (HOME/MHAOK funded)
New historically-appropriate windows (HOME/MHAOK funded)
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades (NTHF/OHFA)
New and renovated bathrooms (NHTF/OHFA funded)
New and renovated kitchenettes (NHTF/OHFA funded)
New central air, electrical and mechanical upgrades (HOME/MHAOK funded)
A sprinkling system (HOME/MHAOK funded)
Renovated office area and foyer (MHAOK) funded)
The renovation also includes accessibility improvements, fire and life safety upgrades and new paint throughout the interior.