Oklahoma

  • State Data Overview

    Across Oklahoma, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    131,337
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    26%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -72,473
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $33,132
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    68%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing

    P.O. Box 58

    Oklahoma City, OK 73101

    P 405-418-6224

    affordablehousingcoalition.org

    Lance Windel, President

    Andrea Frymire, Board Secretary

    [email protected]

    Andrea Flowers-Householder, Coalition Manager

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Greg Shinn    

    Board Member

    Oklahoma Affordable Housing Coalition

    918-382-2479

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Deborah Jenkins

    Executive Director

    Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

    405-419-8290

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Danette Carr

    Allocation Supervisor

    405-419-8136

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency


    NHTF-specific pages

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Annual Action Plan

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Oklahoma (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Oklahoma (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Oklahoma and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Oklahoma and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    According to the Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, there could be 130,000 evictions in the state if Congress does not provide additional resources and protections.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Norman, OK paused terminations on delinquent water, sewer and trash utility accounts in May. Beginning this week, terminations will resume on accounts that have not paid per the city’s policy for collection. Support for rental and utility assistance is available through the city.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    On June 19, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced that the state is allocating $10 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds toward an Eviction Mitigation grant program. The Eviction Mitigation program will reimburse organizations paying landlords for rental assistance to households impacted by COVID-19. The program will be administered through local non-profits.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    Tulsa County

    Marketplace examines Tulsa’s eviction crisis that had existed even before the pandemic. The Tulsa County courthouse reopened on June 1, with more than 1,200 eviction cases pending. 

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Oklahoma County Court Clerk says there are 91 eviction cases on its dockets for Monday the day after the eviction moratorium ends. It is usually limited to 75 per day. Advocates fear 130,000 potential evictions in Oklahoma if additional supports are not made available.

    Updated: August 28


    No statewide order was issued, but the State Supreme Court paused most hearings until May 15. The State Supreme Court has stated the over 1500 eviction orders issued between March 16 and May 15 are valid and enforceable. Eviction hearings are being conducted remotely. 

    Updated: July 31


    In the third week of July, 31% of adults in Oklahoma reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 146,263 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 4 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment. Oklahoma never instituted a statewide moratorium. 

    Tulsa County

    The Tulsa County Courthouse reopened for hearings on June 1 with more than 1,200 cases pending

    June 19

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb