Housing Development & Community Improvement

posted May 9, 2012, 10:34 AM by Michael Ryburn   [ updated May 14, 2012, 1:26 PM ]

At the April 10, 2012 South Western Oklahoma Development Authority board meeting, SWODA trustees voted to begin a Housing Development & Community Improvement program.  SWODA wants to establish a process working with Counties, Cities & Towns, and other partners that helps meet the demand for new housing in the eight county region and addresses the clean-up of substandard housing units.

The program will consist of two phases:

·      Phase I - SWODA plans to construct moderate size (1,400-1,600 sq ft average) market housing to help meet the needs of workforce families.  These built to specification (Spec) homes would generally consist of (3) Bedrooms, (2) Baths, (2) Car garage, all appliances, and basic amenities.  To control costs, SWODA proposes to build multiple housing units simultaneously at each location.  Plans will be modified as necessary to fit locations and market demands.

·     Phase II - SWODA would like to work with Counties, Cities and Towns, and private property owners to address property with substandard dwellings.  SWODA will utilize profits from the sales of new housing units (Phase I) to cleanup these properties.  After properties are 'clean', SWODA will work with local officials and citizens to determine the best approach to re-developing the lots.

Obviously, SWODA cannot address the needs of all the 48 cities and town in the region simultaneously.  Housing Development and improvement is a long-term program.  Due to the time involved for construction activities, the amount of financial resources invested, and the legal issues related to land acquisition and sales, this program will not be an overnight fix to housing issues within the region.

SWODA will not be granting funds as part of the housing program.  We plan to revolve SWODA financial resources in the housing program to continually build homes or improve properties.

Local partners will play a significant role in the success of the Housing Program.  Partnerships may take on many forms and activities.  SWODA wants to work with government agencies and organizations that share our views and commitment to improve housing throughout the region.

Below is a form (click on black "down arrow" on the right) that will help the SWODA Board and management prioritize housing program initiatives and building locations.  If your City or Town is interested in the housing program, please provide the information requested by 5:00 p.m., June 5, 2012.  Please address questions or mail, fax or email your response to:

Michael Ryburn
P.O. Box 569
Burns Flat, OK 73624

Fax: 580-562-4880
Email: Michael@swoda.org
Michael Ryburn,
May 9, 2012, 10:34 AM