Our community has made significant progress through A Way Home for Tulsa (AWH4T), a collaboration of 26 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.
The next Strategy Session for the AWH4T Strategic Planning Process will focus on Young Adults. Currently, Tulsa has 209 youth between the ages of 18-25 who are utilizing emergency shelters, transitional housing, or unsheltered. Many more are doubled-up and are at-risk of homelessness. This session will give us an opportunity to come together and create strategies for preventing and ending homelessness for some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable citizens. If you work with young adults between the ages of 16-24, or you are a youth that has experienced housing instability and want to help others, we would love for you to participate and lend your voice to this conversation.
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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:
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 >