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Just Home Project’s Lived Experience Advisory Board convenes first meeting

Just Home Project’s Lived Experience Advisory Board holds first meeting AWH4T goal #1: Stop homelessness before it begins The Just Home Project launched a major initiative Friday, establishing an advisory board made up entirely by people with lived experience in homelessness or the justice system.  The Lived Experience Advisory Board is a key component of […]

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City seeking letters of intent from nonprofits for additional $7 million in reimbursable grants

The City of Tulsa is asking for letters of intent from nonprofits due by 5 p.m., Oct. 4., for projects that address the pandemic recovery needs of Tulsans. The application window opens at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6. Information sessions will be available in-person and virtually, including questions and answer sessions, to interested 501(c)(3) nonprofits […]

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Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness regular meeting is Aug. 16

The next Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (GICH) regular meeting will be: Aug. 16 | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Credit Union House of Oklahoma 631 E. Hill St. | Oklahoma City, OK 73105 The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is in the process of updating the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. USICH […]

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Social Services Hub helps thousands in first year

Social Services Hub helps thousands in first year AWH4T goal #1: Stop homelessness before it begins Housing Solutions’ Landlord Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) will celebrate its first year of operating the Social Services Hub at Iron Gate on Wednesday, Aug. 3, having helped thousands of individuals avoid homelessness before it begins. The Social Services Hub […]

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Lunchtime listen: Housing Solutions on StudioTulsa​

Lunchtime listen: Housing Solutions on StudioTulsa AWH4T goal #2: Transform the Homeless System of Care Housing Solutions Executive Director Becky Gligo appeared on KWGS’s StudioTulsa this week to talk about homelessness in Tulsa. Hosted by Rich Fisher, StudioTulsa features in-depth discussions on complex local issues. This week’s show explored homelessness, including the widening gap in […]

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Outreach teams serve families during harsh heat wave

Outreach teams serve families during harsh heat wave AWH4T goal #3: Increase access to housing 2 News Oklahoma reporter Jeanette Quezada joined Housing Solutions’ outreach teams recently, sharing with viewers the realities of experiencing homelessness during a heat wave with little-to-no affordable housing availability. The first stop on the outreach effort was an emotional contact. […]

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Outreach teams shift to triage

Outreach teams shift to heat triage AWH4T goal #2: Transform the Homeless System of Care The intense, uninterrupted heat across Oklahoma has been difficult on Tulsans experiencing homelessness. Due to the temperatures Housing Solutions outreach team members have shifted almost entirely from case management to heat-related triage. From the emergency medical perspective, EMSA medics have […]

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Equity in Homelessness: Older adults and homelessness

Older Adults and Homelessness AWH4T goal #1: Stop homelessness before it begins The number of people experiencing homelessness has grown both locally and nationwide in recent years, spurred by income inequality, an affordable-housing crisis, and the ripple effects of the pandemic. Within this wave, a concerning trend has quietly grown – the share of older Americans […]

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Invisible Homelessness

Invisible Homelessness When you imagine homelessness, who do you see? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably a vision of folks standing on corners with a sign in their hands or tents lining a sidewalk.    Historically, this might have been a fairly accurate picture – and is certainly still the most visible! However, […]

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LGBTQ+ Homelessness

LGBTQ+ Homelessness In recent years, nonprofits and federal agencies alike have made huge progress in understanding differing experiences of homelessness among varying demographic groups. For LGBTQ+ people, however, their experiences remain hazy.   Like youth who experience homelessness, one of the primary difficulties in understanding the LGBTQ+ experience is that this group most frequently experiences invisible […]

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Breaking the Link Between Housing Instability & Incarceration

Breaking the Link Between Housing Instability and Incarceration Partnering organizations include Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity, Housing Solutions,  Family & Children’s Services, and the Terence Crutcher Foundation Tulsa has been selected as one of four communities/entities to participate in the launch of the Just Home Project, a national program designed to advance community-driven efforts to […]

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Equity Series: Youth Homelessness

Equity Series: Youth Homelessness In 2021, more than 20,000 Oklahoma students were experiencing homelessness, disrupting their ability to learn and grow alongside classmates. Source: Oklahoma 2021 PiT Count “Youth Homelessness” is a broad umbrella, encompassing children under 13, adolescents aged 13-17, and young adults 18-25, depending on the agency or program. Understanding this group is […]

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Equity in Homelessness

Equity in Homelessness In 2020, A Way Home for Tulsa released its 2020-2024 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. Central to this plan is the transformation of homeless systems of care to be more effective, […]

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Winter Weather Resources

Winter Weather Resources Now that we’ve entered the new year, temperatures are frequently below freezing, and Tulsa’s community is prepared to offer shelter to our unhoused neighbors. Latest forecasts from the National Weather Service can be found here. Guidance on symptoms of hypothermia and frost bite can be found here. Call 911 for emergency medical […]

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New Van Brings Case Managers Directly to the Community

New Van Brings Case Managers Directly to the Community A $30,000 donation by ONE Gas has purchased a van for mobile access to resources specifically geared toward preventing evictions in Tulsa County.   With the end of the moratorium Tulsa County court rooms are seeing jumps in eviction filings. Housing Solutions received a $30,000 boost […]

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Expiring COVID-19 Forbearance Relief for FHA Borrowers

FROM THE OFFICE OFF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, WASHINGTON, DC As the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across our nation, an escalating foreclosure crisis among FHA-insured borrowers is reaching a cataclysmic point impacting hundreds of thousands of borrowers. We understand that many homeowners may be struggling and unable to make […]

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City of Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program

The City of Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program provides incentives and rewards for landlords and property managers who engage in the best rental practices. This free and voluntary program is part of the Affordable Housing Strategy to make the City of Tulsa an economically thriving, inclusive community with quality housing opportunities for all its residents. […]

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Statement on HB1564 & HB1950

Joint Statement from Restore Hope and Housing Solutions on HB 1564 and HB 1950 We are grateful to Oklahoma Representatives for siding with intentional legislative priorities that support both landlords and tenants. Supporting House Bill 1950, a tax credit for landlords who lost income due to COVID-19, is an effective way to provide relief to […]

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Call to Action: HB1564

HB1564: Why it Spells Disaster for Oklahoma   The Oklahoma Residential Landlord Tenant Act (or ORLTA) is the law that governs landlord tenant relations in the state. Enacted in 1978, and seeing very little change since then, the current ORLTA heavily favors landlords and is part of the reason Tulsa, Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation for evictions. […]

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What the Eviction Moratorium Means for Landlords

UPDATE: EVICTION MORATORIUM CONTINUES – WHAT IT MEANS FOR LANDLORDS The CDC eviction moratorium halting evictions was extended through at least June 30, 2021. This blog post will explain what the eviction moratorium means for landlords. You can view the full official CDC media statement here.     What does the eviction moratorium do? The eviction moratorium prohibits […]

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UPDATE: CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED

EVICTION MORATORIUM CONTINUES – WHAT IT MEANS FOR RENTERS The CDC eviction moratorium halting evictions was extended through at least June 30, 2021. This blog post will explain what the eviction moratorium means for tenants. You can view the full official CDC media statement here.    Summary The eviction moratorium prohibits a landlord from removing […]

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Tulsa County Eviction Hearings Continue

In-Person Eviction Hearings are NOT Suspended in Tulsa Tulsa County District Court announced that in-person hearings are suspended from December 8, 2020 through January 11, 2021. But, that does not apply to eviction hearings! Eviction hearings are still being held in-person at the Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice. While other hearings are suspended […]

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CDC Eviction Moratorium Ends Dec. 31, 2020

What does that mean for renters? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium prohibited landlords from evicting renters because they could not pay their rent. But as the CDC eviction moratorium ends on December 31, 2020, many tenants are left wondering what to do next. This blog post will answer tenants’ questions about their […]

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Field Feature: Sarah Grounds

Sarah Grounds is the Executive Director of the City Lights Foundation, an organization that she co-founded in 2013. They started as a grassroots effort called Night Light Tulsa. Night Light is a weekly outreach under a bridge in downtown Tulsa. It’s purpose is to provide community, dignity, hope, and resources to Tulsa’s vulnerable neighbors. As […]

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Homeless man dies of exposure as frigid temperatures descend

This headline plagues the minds of many Tulsans as the first taste of cold weather comes to the area. Every year several of our friends and neighbors who are unsheltered die of exposure. It’s likely that several individuals experiencing homelessness in our community will freeze to death on our streets this year as well, but […]

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Call to Action: Winter Shelter

Community Strategies to Protect Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness Winter brings chilling temperatures that can drop below freezing for days on end in Tulsa. As we prepare to address the danger these temperatures pose to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, we also must look to the broader community to assist in these efforts. With current emergency shelter capacities, […]

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Avoid the High Cost of Eviction

When landlords evict tenants, they lose money that they cannot get back. But when landlords participate in mediation, they save the time and cost of eviction. The Early Settlement Mediation Program provides free mediation to resolve concerns between landlords and tenants, including repairs and non-payment of rent. Mediation is a meeting between a landlord and […]

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