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.
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: