The current cost of homelessness in Tulsa
“…it’s much more economical to provide a safe, affordable, decent place to live than to allow people to live homeless and on the streets.”
It’s true. Check the math. Surprisingly, the cost of housing a person in a shelter for a year in Tulsa can be almost 46% higher than the supportive housing option:
*Because of HIPAA privacy regulations, a limited number of medical records were available for analysis. This figure represents the average hospitalization costs incurred by the small sample population.
Also, consider the intangible costs of taking no action. How do you calculate revenue that might have been generated from businesses that never located downtown? What are the economic consequences of developers unwilling to invest in the downtown area?
The need for an affordable solution to homelessness in Tulsa has never been more urgent.