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A Way Home for Tulsa's Strategic Plan

Tulsans have offered their ideas, hopes, concerns and strategies for making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for the members of our community. From their ideas and passion came the decision to embark on a year-long strategic planning process in 2019.

The strategies outlined in this plan emphasize not only housing people currently experiencing homelessness in Tulsa, but also proactively preventing future homelessness among Tulsa’s residents. The strategies also reflect nationally recognized evidence-based practices and innovative thinking at the local level. The work will be significant and will require collaboration across sectors, but the passion of Tulsans and their commitment to the well-being of all members of our community can — and will — make positive change.

The vision is to improve the quality of life for all people living in Tulsa by creating a community where homelessness — if it occurs — is rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Stop Homelessness Before it Begins

  • Improve policies and processes related to eviction court
  • Identify and challenge landlords with excessively high numbers of evictions
  • Provide information, tools and legal support to people who are, or are at risk of, being evicted
  • Provide support to landlords to prevent evictions
  • Improve and expand eviction prevention funding resources
  • Change discharge policies to ensure safe exit from institutions and systems of care, including corrections, health care and foster care
  • Create processes to improve service connections before and after discharge from corrections, foster care and health care systems
  • Extend resource availability for a longer period of time after discharge, including housing, employment support and community connections


retained permanent housing after participating in AWH4T diversion and prevention programs.


update to Landlord-Tenant action since 1978 – deducting rent if landlord fails to make repairs.

Transform the System of Care to be More Effective, Equitable, and Person-Centered

  • Create outcome and service standards for homeless programs
  • Analyze the system annually to identify gaps, inequities and inefficiencies to create annual funding and action priorities
  • Direct resources to effective and/or innovative programs
  • Provide training, technical assistance and resources to providers and community partners
  • Lower barriers to access the homeless system of care
  • Support Medicaid expansion and other policies to reduce homelessness in Oklahoma
  • Co-locate services to reduce barriers to access
  • Improve access to employment and education resources
  • Provide trauma-informed care
  • Coordinate services across systems of care
  • Increase case management to support access to housing
  • Expand access to transportation to and from court, services, education and employment


dollars added to renewable funding through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project.


retention rate for rapid rehousing programs.

Increase Access to Housing

  • Change local policies to produce quality, affordable housing and preserve existing
    housing stock
  • Reduce policy-level barriers to housing
  • Implement a five-year affordable housing plan
  • Build partnerships to implement new housing creation strategies
  • Create systems and tools to support households at risk of or experiencing homelessness
    to find and access housing
  • Engage and support landlords and housing providers to increase housing availability
  • Support tenants who have stabilized in homeless housing to transition to other housing options, increasing service and unit availability for people who are currently homeless
  • Increase availability of permanent housing for people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
  • Create a flexible fund(s) to reduce barriers to housing


Mayor’s challenge to increase affordable housing.


of participants who exited to permanent housing retained permanent housing.

Partner Across Tulsa to Build Solutions and Access Resources

  • Increase community support for people exiting homelessness through partnerships with employers, faith-based organizations, businesses, volunteers, formerly homeless individuals, and other community members.
  • Identify leadership to support plan implementation.
  • Improve data collection and sharing across the systems of care serving people experiencing homelessness.
  • Increase state and federal support.


volunteers at the Point in Time Count and Winter Shelter


A Way Home for Tulsa member agencies.

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