A Way Home for Tulsa Strategic Plan

The only one true end to homelessness is a safe and stable place to call home.

Over 300 individuals attended the Strategic Planning kickoff event in February. Since then, we’ve been working to gather ideas on how Tulsans want to respond to and reduce homelessness. 

Our community has made significant progress through A Way Home for Tulsa (AWH4T), a collaboration of 30 organizations coordinated by the Community Service Council working together to prevent and end homelessness.

While our progress is promising, we have an urgent need to address the crisis of unsheltered Tulsans, the capacity of our shelters to meet current needs, and to make sure there is enough safe and affordable housing. We must equally focus on preventing youth and families from becoming homeless and diverting Tulsans who do become homeless from entering our shelters or sleeping on the streets if they have other safe options available.

Through the generous support of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, we have contracted with San Francisco’s HomeBase to lead Tulsa through a strategic planning process to reduce and stabilize vulnerable populations from experiencing homelessness.

In January 2020, the AWH4T Governance Council approved a comprehensive Strategic Plan that articulates the goals and action steps Tulsans will take to solve the issue of homelessness in our community. 

How to get involved: Please contact Erin Velez, Community Service Council, at 918-699-4244 or evelez@csctulsa.org

Tulsans know that working together is what works best.

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Understanding Homelessness in Tulsa

As we’ve learned through A Way Home for Tulsa, it’s not enough to set a housing target, reach it and call it a day. Solving the issue of homelessness is a process, not an endpoint. Homelessness is a multi-layer issue. That’s what makes it so hard to solve. Even as we house people, other people become homeless. These infographics give a brief glimpse into Tulsa’s homeless population and systems of care. Dive deeper into the data with CSC’s Homelessness in Tulsa report >

To support this work, the AWH4T Advisory Committee will set the roadmap in building a system that prevents homelessness, responds to crises compassionately and with high-quality services, and dramatically reduces the length of time that any Tulsan experiences homelessness. The plan will refine, align, and build on existing local and state efforts while recognizing Tulsa’s unique qualities and values. Members include:

  • Mack Haltom, Tulsa Day Center
  • Greer Fites, Family & Children’s Services
  • Greg Shinn, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma
  • Jeff Hall, Tulsa Housing Authority
  • Karen Keith, Tulsa County Commissioner
  • Amy Brown, City of Tulsa
  • Becky Gligo, City of Tulsa
  • Bill Major, Zarrow Family Foundations
  • Melanie Stewart-Goldman, VA

  • Brent Sadler, Tulsa Area United Way
  • Ann Domin, INCOG
  • Brian Paschal, Foundation for Tulsa Schools
  • Dan Eslicker, D&L Oil Tools
  • Jason Beaman, Oklahoma State University
  • Karen Pennington, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance
  • Emily Hutton, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Reggie Ivey, Tulsa County Health Department
  • Brian Kurtz, Downtown Coordinating Council
  • Lucky Lamons, Ascension 
  • Jill Young, Family & Children’s Services
  • Nancy Curry, Zarrow Family Foundations
  • Rhene Ritter, Community Service Council
  • Stephanie Horten, Criminal Justice Collaborative
  • Beth Svetlic, Youth Services of Tulsa
  • Grace Burke, Morton Comprehensive Health Services