Upcoming Event: Practice & Policy lecture explores new study on Oklahoma’s affordable housing

Photo by Tonya Staab / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by Tonya Staab / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

On Thursday, April 21, from noon to 1pm, a free public presentation will discuss a new  comprehensive statewide affordable housing needs assessment for Oklahoma. The event, titled “Oklahoma’s Affordable Housing Study: The Demand and Cost of Housing, Homelessness, Fair Housing, and Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazards”, will be at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105).

The Oklahoma Housing Needs Assessment is a statewide study that analyzes the affordable housing needs of moderate to low income households for each county and the state as a whole. The study examines housing needs by income and population subsets, homelessness, disaster resiliency, fair housing, residential lead-based paint hazards, and forecasts of future housing demand. The Housing Needs Assessment can be found here. The lecture is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

David Puckett, Project Team Lead, Integra Realty Resources-Tulsa/OKC will inform participants about the states’ affordable housing needs. Dr. Dawn Jourdan, esq., Associate Professor, Director of Division of Regional and City Planning (RCPL) at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss OU’s research on homelessness, disaster resiliency, and fair housing. Byron DeBruler, DeBruler, Inc. will share lead-based paint hazards research and facilitate group discussion.

The Oklahoma Housing Needs Assessment was conducted by a public/private partnership made up of Integra Realty Resources-Tulsa/Oklahoma City; the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, School of Regional and City Planning; and DeBruler, Inc. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce commissioned the study as an outgrowth of the 2013 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma in partnership with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant –Disaster Recovery program.

DHS attendees will receive 20 percent off purchases at the Winnie Mae Cafe. Please arrive early or call in your order at (405) 522-2321 if you plan to purchase lunch. For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. 

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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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