Economic Recovery and Resiliency Framework

The City of Austin has released the Economic Recovery and Resiliency Framework. The report features 45 opportunities to foster a more equitable, competitive, and resilient post-pandemic Austin economy. Topics include: financial support initiatives, health and mental wellness services, technical assistance for businesses, and workforce development programs for residents. Austinites are invited to review the framework and provide feedback on the opportunities through the SpeakUp Austin!

Tulsa Health Department: Virtual Housing 101

The Tulsa Health Department has partnered with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma to offer Virtual Housing 101 on Tuesday, April 20th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Attendees will learn the minimum safety standards for housing, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, safe heating sources, occupancy limitations and more.

The workshop will include information about the International Property Maintenance Code, Oklahoma Residential Landlord Tenant Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Everyone with an interest in housing regulations is invited to attend this free virtual event, including apartment managers, leasing agents, landlords, and renters.

To register, call 918-595-4200 or email EHSD.

Housing 101 Flyer.pdf

Tulsa: Forum on Housing Choice Vouchers This Week

The Tulsa Landlord Tenant Resource Center will be hosting a Forum on Housing Choice Vouchers this Thursday, April 8th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The event will be held in person at the location of the Hotel to Housing Program, 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The event will include an overview of the Hotel to Housing Program, which provides hotel rooms to unsheltered Tulsans and helps them to transition into permanent housing with case management and financial supports. The event will also include a presentation by Tim Newton, CEO of the Tulsa Dream Center and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher landlord. He will share his experience as a landlord who accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and how that has benefited his business. Finally, for landlords who are interested in accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, there will be an opportunity for landlords to meet with prospective tenants who have received vouchers and are seeking permanent rental housing.

This is a great opportunity for landlords to take advantage of resources that will help them to fill vacant rental units and receive guaranteed rental income through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, as well as work with community partners to provide much needed housing for Tulsans.

To register, email: ltrc. Attendees will be asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

Forum on Housing Choice Vouchers.pdf

Landlords and Tenants Need More Information on Rental Assistance and Eviction Moratorium Policies

The $25 billion rental assistance program passed in December requires landlords (with tenants’ approval) or tenants themselves to apply for assistance. The eviction moratorium requires both the landlord and the tenant to know the moratorium is in place.
We fear that these policies will not be as effective as they could be because too few mom and pop landlords and their tenants are aware of them. A recent survey confirms these fears.

Despite Coronavirus Relief Dollars, Many Still Waiting for Rental Aid to Arrive

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed earlier this month, allocated more than $21 billion for renters’ assistance and carved out millions to address homelessness. Yet at the time the bill was passed, experts say almost none of the $25 billion previously approved by Congress in December had yet made its way to renters and landlords most desperately in need.

NYC Lawsuit Addresses Housing Voucher Discrimination

On Monday, the Housing Rights Initiative filed a lawsuit against 88 brokerage firms and landlords in New York City that have discriminated against people with housing vouchers. The suit argues that defendants’ disregard for the law exacerbates barriers to affordable housing access for the city’s 125,000 voucher holders, who are mostly Black and Latinx. “They are the gatekeepers of housing and get to decide where families live, where they work and where children go to school. Housing discrimination goes beyond the walls of housing,” says Aaron Carr, the founder and executive director of the Housing Rights Initiative.

2021 OK Housing Conference Is Going Virtual

The 2021 Oklahoma Housing Conference is now going virtual. The Fair Housing training will take place virtually on May 24 & 25, 2021, and additional sessions will be offered online June through August. A total of 29 CE hours will be available. Because the conference was changed from an in-person event to a virtual one, the speakers, dates and times are in the process of being confirmed. The final agenda with dates and times will be available soon. Please Click Here to download the Virtual Conference session flyer. Visit the Conference website now and get registered!

Individual Tickets Pricing
Member Registration Price: $135 | Non-Member Registration Price: $195
*Current ticket holders receive an additional ticket with their current registration.
Contact ocah@outlook.com for questions. 

Oklahoma Legislative Bill Tracking

Two bills being tracked by the Coalition have either passed Committee or are scheduled to be heard next week. See below for more information.

HB2367 Children; permitting certain child to enter into housing contracts; effective date.
4/1/2021 S Scheduled on Committee Calendar
SB838 Cities and towns; creating the Oklahoma Public Safety Protection District Act. Effective date.
4/1/2021 H CR; Do Pass General Government Committee
SB200  
3/31/2021
H Landlord and tenant; authorizing early termination of tenancy under certain circumstances; prohibiting certain provisions in rental agreement. Effective date.

CR; Do Pass, amended by committee substitute Judiciary – Civil Committee


Note: “S” denotes Senate chamber; “H” denotes House chamber.

For more information on Oklahoma legislation, please visit our web site at http://www.oklegislature.gov.

Redlined Neighborhoods Face Higher Flood Risk

New research from Redfin shows that historically redlined neighborhoods nationwide, many which are still predominantly home to people of color, have a 1.5 percent higher risk of flooding than greenlined neighborhoods. Long-term disinvestment in infrastructure combined with climate change exacerbates flood risk in these communities. “Severe storms and hurricanes have a disproportionate effect on minorities in terms of damage done, life lost, and the amount of money that gets reimbursed. This project was done to look back at the legacy of redlining and link it to the outcomes we see today,” states Schery Bokhari, senior economist for Redfin.