Changing From the Inside Out

It’s no secret that the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa (THA) is a changing organization.

In the last two years we’ve experienced tremendous growth, including our Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant award, the launch of the Envision Comanche project and our transition to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program; these are just a few of the projects we have underway and planned for the future.

These projects and plans are all a strategic extension of who we are and who we want to be as an organization. To reflect this shift toward a more holistic approach to serving our residents and community, we embarked on the task of developing new mission, vision and values statements.

It was important to me that these statements be developed and adopted by our team, not handed down from leadership or the board. To ensure that the end product represented our entire organization I asked our THA Employee Association to work on these revised statements.

We offered up three mission statement options to our entire employee base to be voted on so that everyone had a say.

The mission, vision and values statements shared below aren’t just words on a piece of paper – they will serve as our north star, our unwavering guide. These words will be the yardstick by which we measure whether or not we’re successful and will inform our decisions moving forward.

We hope you’ll take a moment to read through these statements to see the heart of who we are and who we hope to be. We also hope you’ll consider partnering with us as we seek to create a better Tulsa.

THA Mission Statement:

Creating a better Tulsa by transforming lives and communities.

THA Vision Statement:

Through the provision of safe, affordable, decent housing in tandem with supportive services we seek to empower Tulsa’s most vulnerable to achieve self-sufficiency.

THA Values Statement:

We believe we owe a responsibility to residents, stakeholders and self to uphold the Mission and Vision of THA by exemplifying the following core values:

Accountability – We take ownership of our individual roles and understand that our contributions are critical to the success of the organization.

Respect – We will honor our residents, fellow team members and the community in our words, actions and service.

Community – We will create a sense of belonging for all, welcoming and celebrating each other’s unique qualities, cultures and contributions.

Integrity – We will do what we say we will do. We will operate with ethical and moral uprightness and will remain committed to transparency.

Teamwork – We understand that we can accomplish so much more as a team than we can as individuals. We are committed to working together to achieve our goals.

Professionalism – We will exude a professional demeanor in all our interactions with residents, our team and the community. We will carry ourselves in a manner worthy of our calling.

Service – We exist to serve others. We will provide the highest level of service to all with whom we engage.

Aaron Darden

THA President & CEO

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