“It is a moral imperative to get the men and women who have served in the military into housing. The chronically homeless use the most resources in our community. If we get them housed, you will see less hospitalization, less incarcerations and a healthier community overall.”

– Mack Haltom, associate director at Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless, on Tulsa’s participation in  Zero: 2016, an initiative aimed making homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring with a focus on veterans and the chronically homeless. Officials say Tulsa is on track to meet its goal of housing 290 veterans by the end of this year and 89 chronically homeless by the end of the next year (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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