A Way Home For Tulsa

Uniting the community to end long-term homelessness 

The Community Service Council is the designated Collaborative Applicant for the Tulsa City and County Continuum of Care (CoC), known as A Way Home For Tulsa (AWH4T), a program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. A Way Home For Tulsa is governed by a formal council of 23 agencies in Tulsa, identified below, representing a broad spectrum of public and private sectors, as mandated by The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act.)

In addition to the implementation of a governance structure, the HEARTH Act also codified expanded roles and responsibilities of CoC lead agencies. Under the oversight of the AWH4T governance council, CSC manages the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding each year in HUD’s CoC Homeless Assistance Grants competition.

Tulsa City & County Continuum of Care,
known as A Way Home For Tulsa
promotes community-wide commitment
to the goal of ending homelessness. 

For More Information

Rhené Ritter
A Way Home For Tulsa Coordinator


 This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan. Learn More

Our Work

We manage the process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding each year in HUD’s CoC Homeless Assistance Grants competition

Recent Results

  • AWH4T organizations worked collaboratively to house 533 Tulsa veterans since the start of 2015, continuing a four-year trend of reducing veteran homelessness.
  • Tulsa housed 84 chronically homeless individuals in 2016 and set a path to functionally end homelessness for the most vulnerable, longest suffering segment of our community.
  • Tulsa’s homeless services/support providers reduced the number of hard to place chronically homeless individuals utilizing Tulsa area emergency shelters by 24% since 2013.

Current Priorities

Build a community-wide system of care that provides the level of services and supports for those experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness needed to make homelessness in Tulsa rare, brief and non-recurring.

AWH4T Governance Council

  • 12 & 12
  • City of Tulsa Grants Department
  • Community Service Council
  • Counseling & Recovery Serv. of OK
  • Dayspring Villa
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • DVIS
  • Family & Children’s Services
  • Iron Gate
  • John 3:16 Mission
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
  • Mental Health Association of OK
  • Morton Comprehensive Health Serv.
  • Participant Advisory Group
  • Restore Hope
  • Salvation Army
  • Tulsa County Social Services
  • Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
  • Tulsa Housing Authority
  • Volunteers of America
  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Youth Services of Tulsa

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