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Safety forum held for downtown residents, businesses

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 18:24:09-04

TULSA — Downtown Tulsa has seen a lot of growth lately, and with that growth comes some problems.

Officials say the Downtown Coordinating Council is holding quarterly safety forums with downtown businesses and residents to get input about issues and safety. At a meeting Tuesday, they talked about the growing homeless population downtown.

"When we come in in the mornings, there's often times people sleeping right in our vestibule area, right before our front doors, " said Susan Hill, a loan officer with First Oklahoma Federal Credit Union. "Trash all over the parking lot. And members, you know, being asked for money at some points."

The Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa councilwoman Kara Joy McKee were at the meeting to also discuss safety with the homeless population.

"We have some transient issues downtown, " Joy McKee said. "People that need to be housed, that sometimes need mental health or drug treatment that are out and about in downtown. And so, we're really working together with our downtown ambassadors to work out good solutions."

Attendees at the meeting received a tool kit of safety resources, including phone numbers of various agencies. The next meeting is Dec. 11.