City Of Tulsa Transforms Juvenile Justice Center Into New Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, September 8th 2020, 7:47 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

The City of Tulsa opens a new homeless shelter on Tuesday, as some shelters aren't able to take in as many as people due to COVID-19.

The city says the new shelter will be able to hold 50 people each night and 150 people during the day.

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The shelter, which used to be Tulsa County's juvenile detention center, was paid for with $1.5 million in CARES Act money. The building had been abandoned since the new juvenile justice center in Downtown Tulsa opened nearly a year ago. More than a dozen volunteers have been cleaning and painting the shelter over the past week. This comes as COVID-19 is forcing some shelters to limit capacity, leaving many out on the streets.

The city says it will run the shelter through January 1st 2021.