Homeless Outreach and Rapid Response

 

 
 
 
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What We Do

We provide mobile street outreach in Tulsa to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition, we work with law enforcement and security personnel to ensure people stay connected to services and avoid being ticketed or incarcerated. Our ultimate goal is to give people experiencing homelessness, and their families, an opportunity to start new lives.

Notify Our Homeless Outreach & Rapid Response Team

Click the button below to fill out a Homeless Outreach & Rapid Response form. This form is designed for a mix of public use and reporting with law enforcement and security agencies. Once you fill it out, our team will respond as soon as possible.

How It Works

The Homeless Outreach and Rapid Response team began in April 2017. It is a collaborative initiative that sends team members to search the streets of Tulsa and offer to help find homes for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Chronic homelessness means being homeless for more than a year or experiencing at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.

After individuals successfully obtain housing, the Association’s wrap-around services, and those of our community partners, extend to helping individuals find employment, receive mental and medical health care attention, or apply for other benefits.

Many people experiencing homelessness are suspicious of help at first, but team members build relationships with these vulnerable individuals and help people who are willing to accept it.

Initiatives

Rapid Response Diversion
On February 11, 2019, we began providing Tulsa law enforcement and security immediate, on‐site assistance for people experiencing homelessness. We want to divert them from the justice system and begin connecting the individual to a wide array of social services to prevent future law enforcement responses.

Operation Direct and Connect
Intensive nine‐day project with Tulsa Police Department to educate and provide linkage to services for individuals experiencing homelessness, primarily located in unsheltered encampments. 

Pop-up Resource Clinic
The pop-up resource clinic is a collaboration between Tulsa Fire Department and Mental Health Association Oklahoma, focusing on those who are unsheltered in different areas of Tulsa County.  We utilized teams from Tulsa Fire Department CARES, Mobile Medical Intervention Team, A Better Way, and The Merchant. 

Coordinated Street Outreach
The coordinated street outreach team goes out every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. reaching out to people living on the streets of Tulsa County.  We provide a variety of services and connect people to providers in the community.