The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium is set to expire June 30, 2021, with a higher number of eviction cases expected to be heard in Tulsa County courts starting in July.
As such, the City of Tulsa and its community partners are working to prevent evictions and increase knowledge of landlord/tenant rights and funding options through various programs, such as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and the Gold Star Landlord program.
The City and its partners, including Tulsa County, Housing Solutions Tulsa, Restore Hope Ministries and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma continue to work with judges and others to educate residents on the options available for those facing eviction.
“The City of Tulsa has been more focused on eviction prevention over the last two years than perhaps at any other moment in our history,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Through our Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Gold Star Landlord program, the objective is to work with both tenants and landlords to prevent evictions and homelessness of our most vulnerable and lower-income families.”
Since the launch of ERAP in March 2021, the City and Restore Hope have successfully distributed nearly $4 million in rental and utilities assistance to more than 1,000 households affected directly or indirectly by COVID-19 who have had difficulty paying rent and utilities.
"COVID-19 created a burden on so many of our neighbors,” said Jeff Jaynes, Executive Director of Restore Hope Ministries. “Tenants bore the weight of mounting debt and the fear of losing their home. Landlords were burdened by their own bills piling up and few places to turn. Our hope for ERAP is that we can release those burdens and help people look to the future again. With ERAP paying back debt and even some future rent, our hope is that Tulsans can once more dream of a better day to come."