Crisis looming: Tulsa will need millions more in rental assistance funding to avoid an eviction crisis, officials say

(TULSA WORLD) — With local officials bracing for a huge wave of new eviction cases now that a federal moratorium has expired, roughly one in eight renters in Tulsa have fallen behind on payments during the COVID-19 epidemic, according to a recent survey.

Tulsa residents will need more than $7 million in rental assistance by the end of September to avoid an unprecedented eviction crisis, according to the survey of local landlords conducted by Housing Solutions Tulsa, an agency that works to prevent homelessness.

In a sample that represented more than 8,200 rental properties, more than 1,000 households, or about 13%, had fallen behind on rent.

Meanwhile Monday, Tulsa County commissioners approved an initial $3 million for a rental assistance program that will begin in late August and offer direct assistance to about 1,000 households per month to help catch up on overdue rents. The funding is from the federal CARES Act, which is being distributed locally.

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