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Strategic Plan

COC Strategic Plan

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 citizens. 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.

This plan calls for actions to reduce homelessness inflow, expedite housing placement, and increase access to housing for people who are homeless. With the right mix of energy and intentionality, Tulsa and its leaders can reduce the housing gap and make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

Goal 1 | Stop Homelessness Before it Begins

A: Reduce unnecessary evictions and support those who are or might be evicted to avoid homelessness.

Improve policies and processes related to eviction court.

  • ⇒ Eviction Court: Increase resources for eviction court (e.g. judges’ docket times) to allow for more consideration of individual eviction cases.

Identify and challenge landlords with excessively high numbers of evictions.

  • ⇒ Consequences. Enforce consequences for landlords and their legal representatives that violate laws and professional standards.
  • ⇒ High Numbers of Evictions. Identify and expose property owners and landlords with a disproportionate number of evictions or egregious eviction practices, such as charging exorbitant fees and using serial evictions as a revenue source.

 

Provide information, tools, and legal support to people who are, or are at risk of, being evicted.

  • ⇒ Courthouse support. Establish a well-advertised, highly visible office or location at the courthouse to provide legal assistance for tenants.
  • ⇒ Utility Records. Use utility bill records to identify households at risk of eviction and relay targeted eviction prevention resources.
  • ⇒ Public Information. Create and distribute materials to the public about tenant rights, options and available resources.
  • ⇒ Centralized Coordination. Leveraging Community Service Council’s All Doors Open and Community Service Council’s 211 Eastern Oklahoma, develop a robust, centralized entity to function as a conduit for eviction prevention information and resource coordination.
  • ⇒ Support for Expungement. Provide expungement support for people with criminal records or prior evictions.

 

Provide support to landlords to prevent evictions.

  • ⇒ Partnership. Enhance partnership with Tulsa Apartment Association and other like entities to inform landlords of resources available to prevent eviction proceedings, such as tenant mediation services, financial services, or other supportive resources.
  • ⇒ Landlord Incentives. Incentivize landlords and landlord attorneys to partner in eviction prevention strategies.

Improve and expand eviction prevention funding resources.

  • ⇒ Flexible Funding. Increase the availability of flexible funding resources available to tenants and/or landlords to prevent evictions.

B: Improve discharge policies and supports to reduce the number of individuals that exit institutions and systems of care and end up in homelessness.

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