The multiple programs composing Housing Services provide 833 units of 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.
Our nationally recognized housing model allows greater flexibility to manage and achieve overall program goals. These goals can be encapsulated into a “mixed income, mixed population model” featuring three interrelated concepts:
Provide: Access to housing for individuals who are homeless and mentally ill
Preserve: Affordable housing stock
This model purchases affordable housing in neighborhoods around Tulsa funded through public-private partnerships and supplements the cost of operation through leasing apartments to market-rate payers. In addition, by providing stability to individuals, families, and neighborhoods, the Housing Services program reduces social costs to the city and state while assisting clients as productive, taxpaying citizens.
For more information about housing, please call 918.585.1213.