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Ending Homelessness a Top Priority for Nichols as Mayor

“We will never meet our educational outcome, economic development or public safety goals if we don’t end homelessness and this framework is the pathway of doing just that.”

TULSA, OKLA. – Rep. Monroe Nichols, candidate for Tulsa's next mayor, today announced a bold strategy aimed at eradicating homelessness in the city by 2030. 

With a background spanning city hall, the state legislature, and as a leading voice on affordable housing, Nichols brings a comprehensive approach to a challenge that impacts all Tulsans.

"Through collaboration, innovation and hard work, we can end homelessness in the city of Tulsa” Nichols said. “My administration will be committed to addressing root causes and ensuring the future of Tulsa is built on the foundation of compassion, equity, and shared prosperity.”

Key Goals of the Plan:

  • Achieve functional zero homelessness by 2030, ensuring instances of homelessness are rare, brief, and non-recurring.

  • A 60% reduction in blighted properties by 2027 to revitalize neighborhoods.

  • The creation of 6,000 affordable housing units by 2028 to increase accessibility.

  • A significant reduction in Tulsa's eviction rate to foster housing stability.

  • Enhancement of low barrier shelter capacity to address immediate housing needs.

  • Establishment of a citywide mental and substance abuse support system to tackle underlying causes of homelessness.

  • Stabilization of housing for school children and their families to ensure educational success.

Nichols' strategy includes appointing a Senior Advisor for Homelessness and a local interagency council on homelessness, investing in real-time data systems to assist those experiencing chronic homelessness, and creating a flexible funding account to quickly address individual housing barriers.

"Addressing this challenge in Tulsa is an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a community” Nichols said. “These initiatives weren't built by me but the many stakeholders working to tackle the systemic issues that perpetuate homelessness. This crisis hits every aspect of life in Tulsa. We will never meet our educational outcome, economic development or public safety goals if we don’t end homelessness and this framework is the pathway of doing just that.”

This plan is a commitment to transforming Tulsa into a city where every resident has the opportunity to live with dignity and stability.


About State Rep. Monroe Nichols:

Monroe Nichols has been a leading voice on education, healthcare, criminal justice reform, and economic growth. A four-term legislator, Nichols is an established leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and serves as the current chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Nichols brings a wealth of experience from government, business, higher-education, and non-profit sectors. Nichols has been recognized with numerous awards for his public service. As mayor, Monroe will work tirelessly to end homelessness, invest in education, expand our economy, and ensure Tulsa is the safest big city in America.

Contact: Dana Walton, Campaign Manager (307) 258-1825

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