Muskogee Housing Authority Applies for Rental Assistance Demonstration Conversion
On September 4th Muskogee Housing Authority submitted an application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for conversion of its 200 public housing apartments under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. If approved, the apartment homes at Port City Acres, Green Country Village, and Honor Heights Towers would transition to a new government funding stream, which would provide greater funding stability under a new contract with the government.
Resident meetings were held in July and August to discuss the needs of the developments as well as the changes that would come about if the RAD application is approved. Residents should continue to be assured that they will not need to move from their apartments unless major renovation efforts cause temporary relocation to be necessary.
Conversion of the apartments from the current public housing program allows Muskogee Housing the flexibility to pursue and obtain private financing for repairs and modernization. Current estimates put the backlog for modernization at approximately $3-4 million, with the agency currently only receive $400,000 a year, on average.
Muskogee Housing will continue to keep the residents and the general public apprised on the status of the application and future plans for the developments.