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Housing, Homelessness & Mental Health Task Force

Mission: For the City of Tulsa to understand the needs of the community in addressing homelessness at the intersection of housing and mental health and create a strategy for the City to best utilize its policy and legislative powers, public convening and education platforms, and financial resources to maximize its efficiency and effectiveness in contributing to broader community solutions.

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If you have questions or feedback, please email housing@cityoftulsa.org

Task Force Meetings

Meeting information will be updated as they occur.

  • January 30 - Supportive Services

    The task force received a series of presentations from community organizations who provide services directly related to the root causes of homelessness. Organizations explained how their mission and work impact the root causes of homelessness, described service delivery barriers they encounter, provided suggestions on how the city can address these barriers, and identified examples of best practices in other communities.
     

    • To watch a video of the presentations, click here.

    • To download the presentation documents, click here.
       

  • January 25 - Review of Existing Strategies

    The task force reviewed existing strategies and official community plans developed to address housing, homelessness, and mental health. Presentations included an overview of the plans, objectives accomplished, and identified barriers to implementation. Full plans and video overview presentations can be found in the links below.
     

  • January 18 - Understanding Homelessness and Root Causes

    Task force members engaged with community partners to understand the root causes of homelessness in Tulsa. Every year, the A Way Home For Tulsa (AWH4T) team leads the Tulsa Point-in-Time (PiT) count, a count mandated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In 2022, the total count was 1,063 individuals in Tulsa County. PiT data shows the leading causes of homelessness include relationship breakdown, loss of income, job loss, mental health, eviction, COVID-19 pandemic, substance use, domestic violence, and criminal justice involvement

    After receiving an overview of the PiT Count and root causes, task force members then spoke with community outreach experts, who interact with the homeless population on a daily basis, about their experiences and possible solutions to address root causes of homelessness.
     

Resources

Learn more about how the City of Tulsa handles housing here.

Learn more about the City of Tulsa's Mental Health and Special Services here.

Housing Solutions homelessness data can be found here.

Task Force News

Task Force Membership

Mayor G.T. Bynum

Councilor Crista Patrick, District 3

Councilor Jeannie Cue, District 2

Councilor Lori Decter Wright, District 7

Councilor Phil Lakin, District 8

Deputy Mayor Cassia Carr

James Wagner: Working in Neighborhoods Director

Travis Hulse: City of Tulsa Housing Policy Director

Becky Gligo: Housing Solutions Executive Director & CoC Lead Agency

Michael Junk: QuikTrip Manager of Public & Government Affairs

Zack Stoycoff: Healthy Minds Executive Director

Task Force Staff

Blake Ewing: Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff

Sarah Davis: Deputy Council Administrator

Casey Clark: Council Aide

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