The Association is working to eliminate and prevent homelessness of people with mental illnesses throughout Tulsa County. Our housing programs provide safe and affordable housing along with access to support groups, advocacy, treatment, legal counseling and other community supports.
With treatment and support, people with serious mental illness can return to school, find meaningful employment, obtain life skills, receive counseling and assume responsibility in a living environment that helps them function alongside other members of society.
We believe that the cost of doing nothing in the community, and leaving people to be homeless, is far greater than providing housing and support services. As a community, this proactive approach reduces expensive emergency room visits, cuts down on police and ambulance calls and is more humane.
The annual cost to house individuals:
- Correctional system for an inmate with mental illness – $43,000
- Cost of a shelter – $24,000
- Correctional system – $15,650
- Supportive housing – $7,893
Reduction in chronic homeless count (Number of people in Tulsa):
- 2001: Homeless count was 230
- 2009-2010: Homeless count is 71
- 2012: Homeless count is 63
For more information about housing, please call 918.585.1213.