Deep Fork Community Action Foundation (DFCAF) makes a positive impact on residents living in Hughes, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and Okmulgee Counties. The organization takes a holistic approach by teaching skills that set residents up for success.
As a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), DFCAF offers affordable housing opportunities.
"Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency helps us fulfill our mission of providing safe and affordable, reasonable rental housing," said Christie Baldridge, DFCAF executive director.
Finding an affordable place to live can be difficult and daunting to the low-income residents DFCAF serves.
"Safe and affordable housing is few and far between in these counties," said Juli Pendley, DFCAF property manager. "Most of our residents are grateful for a clean, warm home for their children."
Most recently, DFCAF utilized HOME Investment Partnership Program funds from OHFA to purchase and renovate homes for rent and to build new rental homes for veterans.
The organization also purchased and renovated eight duplexes for seniors in Henryetta. Erma, a resident of one of the duplexes, called it "the nicest apartment I've ever had."
When purchasing existing houses for renovation and rehabilitation, DFCAF seeks newer properties, adding modern upgrades and making them more energy efficient. OHFA funding ensures they can offer these homes at rents well below the market rate.