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Affordable housing efforts recognized



Two efforts to provide affordable housing in northeast Oklahoma City garnered recognition recently from the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, the state's largest affordable housing provider.


Receiving Apex Awards from the agency in July were:

" TempleGardens Senior Apartments, 1515 N.E. 48th, and

" the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City's home construction in the Mount Sterling Addition, west of Martin Luther King Boulevard, between N.E. 21st Street and Hardin Drive.


The statewide awards honor commitment to excellence in affordable housing in 2006.



Temple Gardens , a 50-apartment complex, houses low-income residents who are 62 or older, offering:

" daily meals,

" health screenings,

" a library and more.


"The new housing made it possible for senior citizens in the area to continue living in their community," an OHFA release noted.


The Areawide Aging Agency and HolyTempleBaptistChurch, near the apartments, partnered to make the $5.5 million complex a reality.


OHFA recognized Urban League for its contributions in completing construction on two houses in MountSterling last year. The league has developed 14 new homes in the northeast OKC neighborhood, which are intended for low-income buyers and sell around $80,000.


According to OHFA, 13 of the homes have been bought, and the neighborhood has tripled property values in the area, from $40,000 to $120,000.



Entries were judged on:

" development of service,

" partnership creation,

" innovative financing,

" meeting community needs and

" success in serving target populations.


Other winners included efforts in:

" Shawnee,

" Pawnee,

" Hugo,

" Broken Arrow and

" Joplin, Mo.

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