Tulsa Co. Issues

Partnering to help those in need

Addressing Homelessness

Homelessness abounds in Tulsa and in rural communities. Those on the front lines involved in the mission to prevent and help aid the homeless know that there is not a single solution.

To that end, Karen helped forge a partnership to utilize and repurpose the recently closed Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau facility into a place for up to 55 homeless to have their own temporary space. Services will help residents with programs from the Mental Health Association, the Salvation Army, The Tulsa Day Center, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Tulsa Transit, Iron Gate and others. 

The hope of the coalition partners is to help get residents on the right track and transitioned to permanent housing within 90 days or less.

Read more about this partnership and see a video of Karen explaining the services in the Tulsa World by clicking here.


working to control Tulsa County flood zones

Arkansas River Levees

For years, Karen has worked with local and federal leaders to bring attention to vulnerabilities in Tulsa County’s levee system. The levees are critical to protecting more than 6,500 acres of property along the Arkansas River for about 26 miles from Sand Springs to Jenks. 

2019 was a year of reckoning for the aging levee infrastructure and devastating floods happened. Homes were flooded, roads washed out and lives disrupted.

 Working with leaders from Vice President Pence, Senator Jim Inhofe, the Army Corps of Engineers and local elected officials, Karen continued to push the issue for attention and funding. 

In April, 2020, Senator Inhofe announced that $3 million in federal funds had been secured to improve the system. 

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to Tulsa County, Oklahoma, to improve critical infrastructure needed to protect communities and businesses from flood damage. The EDA grant, which is located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $750,000 in local investment and is expected to retain nearly 1,560 jobs.