In March 2019, A Way Home for Tulsa, also known as the Tulsa Continuum of Care, partnered with multiple local organizations to complete our first youth-specific count to help create strategies to serve youth experiencing a housing crisis in Tulsa. The count utilized a survey created with input from area youth and service providers, as well as the surveys used by national organizations, True Colors United and Chapin Hall. Survey locations included youth provider sites, libraries, school focus-groups, known locations for unsheltered youth, and more.
The survey instrument contains basic demographics required for reporting to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as more in-depth questions added to help understand the needs of those who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness. It is important to keep in mind that this data is primarily self-reported and only provides a brief snapshot of homelessness in Tulsa.