CSC Releases Annual Homelessness “PIT” Data

CSC Releases Annual Homelessness “PIT” Data

The Community Service Council has released the 2019 Point-in-Time Homelessness Data for Tulsa, now available for the first-time as an interactive data dashboard. Read the article from June 30, 2019 in Tulsa World: https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/annual-point-in-time-homeless-count-having-a-job-doesn/article_6b1d503f-ee82-55d6-a6d7-b6d18d9af576.html?fbclid=IwAR1rJ9yT9qzE_Lb5A52wnBCVB-f-OoXfHChfEPFz8r5tUKHI__2o2JLFDkw

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Highlights from the “Point-in-Time” homelessness survey, conducted on the evening of January 24, 2019: 

Total Survey Respondents: 987

  • Total homeless (including individuals not surveyed on 1/24/19): 1,188 (increase of 9.7% over 2018)
  • Of those surveyed, 20% are employed including almost 100 who are employed full time
  • Unsheltered populations are increasing, which is consistent across the country
  • Veteran homelessness is down 16% in Tulsa

Individuals experiencing or facing homelessness who were served by community support services from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018:

    • Total served: 5,612 people
    • Total housed: 356 housed

The top five needs identified during the Point-in-Time Count survey include:

  • 1. Housing
  • 2. Transportation
  • 3. Healthcare
  • 4. Dental
  • 5. Food

Needed action

Housing needs to be accessible and affordable in Tulsa. When 20% of our homeless are employed, this reflects on low wages and high rent. In Tulsa, an individual needs to earn $16/hour to afford a standard two-bedroom apartment.

Community Service Council and our A Way Home for Tulsa community collaborative is addressing this need by increasing stakeholder engagement including landlords, the City of Tulsa, businesses, the faith community, and more, through a strategic planning process in an effort to affect true systematic change (employment, livable wages, affordable housing, access to care including mental health care) – an imperative to changing the trajectory of homelessness in Tulsa.

Learn more about the progress of the Strategic Plan >

Photo: JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

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