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Housing Tulsa’s Homeless

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A Tulsa project could help bring hope to the homeless. The city is working with non-profit groups on a plan to help hundreds find permanent housing. Six in the Morning’s Carina Sonn reports the units could be open within a year.

The new project, Building Tulsa Building Lives, will cost about $27 million over the next five years. The program will place a homeless person into a basic housing unit for free, and then provide services to deal with personal issues. A similar program is already operating in the city, and the Mental Health Association says 80% of the people do not return to being homeless.

Right now organizers are looking for housing locations, which will include single-room units.

Mayor Taylor says providing housing for the city's homeless is important, both from a social and economic standpoint. She hopes it will cut down on the number of visits to the hospital and the number of people arrested.

Most of the money for Building Tulsa Building Lives will come from the Zarrow Family Foundation, but Mayor Kathy Taylor says she's looking at other sources to help pay for the project.

The Mayor will address the Metro Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Monday about the issue.
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