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Tulsa to Receive Award from National Community Development Association for Altamont Apartments Rehabilitation Project

This article was archived on 2/29/2020

The City of Tulsa will receive the 2020 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award from the National Community Development Association for the Altamont Apartments Rehabilitation project in the downtown Cathedral District.

Developed with Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHAOK), the Altamont Apartments Rehabilitation project will receive recognition on Jan. 31 at the National Community Development Association's meeting in Washington, D.C., for the preservation of affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes.

The Altamont used $972,403 of City of Tulsa HOME Investment Partnerships Program grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Other project funding included nearly $1 million from the National Housing Trust Fund and another $1 million in private equity from MHAOK. 1 Architecture and LD Kerns were contracted to complete the renovation work.

The results of the project include 39 units of safe, decent and affordable housing for formerly chronically homeless individuals with disabling conditions, including serious mental illnesses or other co-occurring disorders.

“We’re proud to be a partner in the Altamont Apartments Rehabilitation,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We believe it will 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.”

The Altamont also includes 24-hour on-site staffing to provide support for tenants. It is operated as a Housing First program, with residents paying no more than 30 percent of their income for rent, and lack of income is not a barrier to housing and services.

Judy Gillaspie, from the City’s Finance Department, will attend the National Community Development Association's winter meeting. She will give a presentation on the project and accept the award on the City's behalf.