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In September 1967, when the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa (THA) was created, the need for safe, decent and sanitary housing was tremendous. Families were living in sub-standard conditions without electricity, gas or running water. At that time, almost 20% of the housing available in the City of Tulsa was sub-standard in some way.
When THA opened its first public housing community, there was a waiting list of 2,200 applications for the 150 available units. By 1979, THA had constructed or purchased 2,434 units of public housing.
Subsidized housing continued to change and grow during the 1980’s. By 1989, THA was providing housing for almost 20,000 of Tulsa’s citizens and community attention began to focus on the need for social, educational and employment programs in Public Housing. Funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enabled THA to create a Security Department to assist in ridding THA's communities of drugs and criminal activity. A Self-Sufficiency Program for THA residents of Public Housing was introduced and a Homeownership Program was developed.
As THA's fourth decade comes to an end, THA has grown and evolved into a professional, high performing housing agency, responsive to resident needs and developing highly creative and innovative solutions to address those needs. Tulsa Housing Authority currently serves more than 20,000 individuals, of which almost 9,000 are children, 1,300 are elderly, and 3,600 are disabled. In the Assisted Housing program, over 10,000 of Tulsa’s disadvantaged are served.
The expansion of housing options for low-income families, the creation and development of THA's Community Relations program, a Homeownership program, on-site childcare centers, on-site health care centers, and the development of a nationally recognized HOPE VI Country Club Gardens community are just some of the accomplishments that THA has realized. The THA staff and Board work diligently to accomplish the agency goals while remaining a high performing housing agency--a designation bestowed on THA by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).