BE INFORMED

Oklahoma County lacks more than 4,500 affordable housing units. More no-barrier and low-barrier housing would help OKC meet demand, and reduce the rising population of people experiencing homelessness. With some of the highest eviction rates in the U.S. before the pandemic, more affordable housing units will be needed to accommodate the swell of people in financial crisis. Experts think it could be two years or more before normal economic conditions return.

More affordable housing would also make it easier for people to get a foothold on self sufficiency, and provide more options for people who could easily slide into homelessness without it. Oklahoma has some of the highest national rates of mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence that create strong headwinds.

Excerpt from the OKC 2023 Point In Time (PIT) Survey, to read the complete survey, please click here: OKC 2023 PIT SURVEY


OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP ON HOMELESSNESS

On April 4, the City Council held a workshop on Homelessness to discuss a plan to address chronic homelessness. See PowerPoint below.


Home OKC in the Planning Department manages City programs for people experiencing homelessness, including those tied to federal grants. Visit okc.gov/homeokc for more.

Mental Health Association Oklahoma
United Way of Central Oklahoma
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

If you or someone you know needs help, dial 2-1-1 or visit heartlineoklahoma.org. Download the Homelessness Response Resource Guide, courtesy of Downtown OKC Partnership.