To provide affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing or housing
assistance, with quality environments
and opportunities to low income people
of Oklahoma City.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority provides equal housing
opportunities to all without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, age, handicap or familial
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority is
the intersection of two major interstate
I-35 and I-40, in the capital city of
Established in September, 1965, the OCHA currently owns
consisting of 3,150 units. In
addition, the OCHA administers
approximately 4,219 units of
in the Oklahoma City area.
This enables us to provide housing and
rental assistance to low-income people
and their families with the availability
of 7,369 dwelling units.
In addition to our two housing programs, we offer or contract many
assistance and training programs to help
our residents in becoming self-reliant,
for the Oklahoma City Housing Authority
is a "Hand Up, not a Hand Out".
Bit of History
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority was established in 1965
following the passage of the National
Housing Act of 1949 and the adoption of
Oklahoma enabling legislation in 1959.
A five-member Board of Commissioners was
appointed by the Mayor with concurrence
of the City Council on July 13, 1965.
In August of 1965, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing
Authority resolved to cooperate fully
with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal
Authority to house persons displaced by
The first Acting Executive Director of the Housing Authority was
appointed on October 13, 1965, and the
first permanent Executive Director was
appointed on February 9, 1966.
On November 8, 1965, a program reservation for 1,200 units of
low-income housing was approved by the
City Council for development by the
Oklahoma City Housing Authority
The first dwellings to be operated by the Oklahoma City Housing
Authority came as a result of the
transfer of Will Rogers Courts from the
United States Government to the Housing
Authority on April 1, 1966.
The first new developments to be completed by the Housing Authority were
Shartel Towers, consisting of 201
apartments and Fred Factory Gardens,
consisting of 74 apartments. Both
developments were completed in 1969.