Updated January 4, 2021 4:15 p.m.
ABOUT TULSA CARES:
The City of Tulsa is addressing the needs of vulnerable Tulsans to effectively lessen the primary and secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the city’s resilience through community-driven programming. The City received $30.9 million in reimbursements for public safety expenses from the State of Oklahoma’s Coronavirus Relief Funds, $10.2 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $756,950 in Tulsa County CARES funds for the City’s Downtown Coordinating Council.
CRF Beginning Balance: $41.8 million
Allocated to Date: $23.4 million | Remaining Funds: $18.4 million
This program will provide Internet access to approximately 23,000 families with public school students and Tulsa Housing Authority residents who currently lack Internet amid the pandemic. The funds will also launch the Tulsa Responds team who will act as navigators and help families get connected, ensure they know what Internet options are available and navigate any technological challenges.
Partners: Jenks Public Schools, Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Tulsa Community Foundation, Tulsa Housing Authority, ImpactTulsa and Cox Communications.
This program utilizes the funds in three ways: 1) to expand day and night shelter services and daily meals at the former Juvenile Detention Center for vulnerable population experiencing homelessness, 2) to coordinate outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness, and 3) to provide quarantine hotel facilities to prevent overcrowding in shelters and community spread of COVID-19.
Partners: Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, City Lights Foundation, Tulsa Day Center, A Better Way, A Way Home for Tulsa, Iron Gate, Skyline Animal Hospital
Launch Date of Day Shelter Services: September 8, 2020
The City will utilize the funds for public facility improvements and modifications to support public health. The phased buildout of the facilities include ultraviolet light kits for air sanitation, touchless system modifications to restroom facilities and points of entry and exit, temperature monitoring stations, personal protective equipment and more.
Tulsa County CARES provided the City of Tulsa’s Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) funds to help small businesses during the pandemic. DCC will be providing $10,000 grants for businesses to expand operations outdoors via a parklet, sidewalk café and street dining.
Launch Date: September 4, 2020
Tulsa’s Financial Navigators (FN) program provides an opportunity for residents to access quick 30-minute guidance over the phone at no cost to answer common questions regarding financial concerns, such as prioritizing daily living expenses and managing debt. FN counselors provide services in English, Spanish and Burmese. The Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) will be more in-depth and offer one-on-one professional financial counseling as a free public service to help individuals tackle debt, increase savings and improve credit. FEC counselors will provide services in English and Spanish. A language line will also be accessible to offer services in other languages.
Partners: Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
Launch Date of Financial Navigators: August 3, 2020
Launch Date of Financial Empowerment Center: December 10, 2020
This program creates limited day care services for children in first through sixth grades, available at City parks and recreation centers to help students who are learning remotely due to the pandemic.
Launch Date: September 9, 2020
Tulsa County CARES provided the City of Tulsa’s Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) $81,950 to help support the personal health and safety of Tulsans. In combination of $12,600 awarded by the State of Oklahoma, the City will use the funds to supply portable public restroom facilities to be used by vulnerable individuals or those experiencing homelessness. The facilities will be serviced and sanitized daily for six months, while providing employment to individuals experiencing homelessness to help keep Downtown public areas clean amid the pandemic. The money will also be used to cover the costs for sanitation supplies and equipment.
Partners: A Better Way, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Tulsa County
Launch Date: Week of October 12, 2020
The Tulsa Fire Department install automated vehicle location tracking in 76 fire vehicles to provide reliable, wireless network connection and remote monitoring for the department’s mobile responder fleet.
The City of Tulsa is allocating funds for two positions (Program Manager and Communications Specialist) which oversee the City’s efforts to utilize COVID-19 Relief funds to reduce the first and second order effects of the pandemic and to formulate a communications strategy to ensure businesses and Tulsa residents are aware of the programs available.
The funds will be utilized for Veritor Plus Influenza and Strep Kits for City employees for early detection in order to keep employees safe and healthy amid the pandemic.
The City of Tulsa is partnering with Tulsa Community WorkAdvance, a local workforce development program, to support Tulsans who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Retrain Tulsa will be a physical and online space for job seekers to access career services and soft skills training. The goal is help 500 Tulsans find high-wage employment in different sectors, such as healthcare, information technology, professional services, and advanced manufacturing.
Partners: Tulsa Community WorkAdvance
Partners: 36 Degrees North
The funds will be used to enhance the methamphetamine treatment plan at 12&12 in Tulsa that began before COVID-19 to address Tulsa’s largest drug problem. 12&12 is one of the state’s largest comprehensive community addiction recovery centers for adults. Funding will go toward hiring a case manager, two peer recovery support specialists and perform program evaluation in this multi-partner collaboration to treat methamphetamine addiction.
Partners: 12&12, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Family and Children’s Services, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Workforce Tulsa, Sangha Sober Living, Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
The federal funds will be used to continue assisting individuals and families experiencing homelessness to gain stability and transition to permanent housing. The funds will be used for homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing program and shelter services and operations. The grant will assist with costs associated with temporary emergency shelter operations (including quarantining clients in motels), shelter services, case management and direct client housing assistance.
Partners: City of Tulsa, Youth Services of Tulsa, Salvation Army, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Legal Aid, Tulsa Day Center, Family Safety Center, Restore Hope Ministries, Center for Housing Solutions, Tulsa CARES
The federal funds will be utilized to assist in community development activities. The grant will assist with costs associated with economic recovery through small business loans and financial empowerment centers, physical improvements related to COVID-19, and increased public service programs, including but not limited to health services, job training and emergency payments.
Partners: TEDC, Goodwill. *Notification on additional partners will be released once all funds have been allocated.
The federal funds will be used to help people living with HIV/AIDS through the Tulsa CARES social services organization. The grant will assist with costs associated with short term rent mortgage and utilities (STRMU) payments, permanent housing placements, support services and administrative costs.