Oklahoma City Housing Authority addresses affordable housing crisis with new approach

Date Published: 
December 4th, 2023

From KOCO 5 News Oklahoma City:

klahoma City addressed the affordable housing crisis with a new approach: converting a motel into supportive housing.

The Oklahoma City Housing Authority is using MAPS dollars to do it. It is the first time the city has transformed a motel space into housing for the homeless.

The city's Housing Authority said it's faster and less costly than building from the ground up.

"It’s the first one like it, so if it’s successful, it makes the next one much easier," Kassy Malone, the director of real estate and planning with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, said.

The Motel 6 near Bricktown will convert into supportive housing, helping Oklahomans get off the street and into a warm home. It's a first-of-its-kind project for OKC.

"The property also has a large space on the eastern portion of the building that has a commercial kitchen, so we hope to create a workforce incubator in that space," Malone said.

Read KOCO 5 News' article "Oklahoma City addresses affordable housing crisis with new approach."


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