In April, CSC reached out to City Councillors to postpone a vote on a proposed ordinance that would give police the authority to arrest individuals who are residing under state highway overpasses or any public property.
In an email to city councilors, CSC urged the council to either reject the proposed ordinance change or pull it for further deliberation, seeing that it could further increase the overlap between Tulsa’s homeless population and incarceration.
Patrice Pratt, CSC’s Housing & Homelessness Division Director, provided data to back up this claim. Nearly 1,200 homeless people were arrested last year and were held in the Tulsa County jail an average of 23 days each. The cost to house those inmates — based on a per diem rate of $69 a day — was $2.3 million.
Read the story about the proposed ordinance and CSC’s response on behalf of Tulsa’s homeless population in the Tulsa World on April 12.
Additionally, CSC and our Housing & Homelessness programs were included again the next day in a Tulsa World editorial on April 13 focused on the negative impact of arresting individuals for being homeless. Read the editorial >