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.
The first and most cost-efficient method of reducing homelessness is to stop it from happening before it begins.
Tulsa’s systems of care needs to meet the modern needs of residents in need. Efficiencies, equitable outcomes and a focus on the individual must guide every provider decision.
Tulsa must prioritize affordable housing through policy and process changes. The affordable housing crisis is growing and affects Tulsans beyond the homeless population, who have little chance to find housing with so few options available.
Support for people exiting homelessness extends beyond any one agency or type of organization. Existing homeless organizations must modernize and collaborate along with local leaders, employers, schools and others to end homelessness as a focused community.