Rallying our community to end homelessness.
The Homeless Alliance began as a group of community volunteers concerned about the fractured and often fractious system of care for the homeless in Oklahoma City. These volunteers visited other communities that had successfully implemented coordinated systems (Columbus, OH, and Phoenix, AZ) and studied the strategies used by these and several other cities that had drastically reduced their homeless populations.
Initially funded by private foundation grants from the Noble Foundation, the Merrick Foundation, and the Inasmuch Foundation, the Homeless Alliance incorporated in April 2004.
The Homeless Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to rallying our community to end homelessness in Oklahoma City through collaboration with service providers, city government, and local businesses. In order to end long-term homelessness, we focus on the following:
As a means of reaching the goal of ending homelessness, the Homeless Alliance envisions a more collaborative system of care utilizing nationally recognized, research-based best practices that take advantage of centralized planning and consistent outside evaluation.
The Homeless Alliance seeks to rally our community to find better ways to help our homeless and make the system more efficient, more rational, and more caring.
Oklahoma City joined the national 100,000 Homes Campaign. The campaign fundamentally changes the way we think about and respond to chronic homelessness. Oklahoma City spent about $28 million each year on homelessness and nearly 50% of that was spent on the chronic homeless – who are only 20% of our homeless population!Change agents from across the community came together to identify our chronically homeless, prioritize and triage their needs, and move them rapidly into housing with the supportive services they need in order to sustain their housing and begin the long road to finding whatever level of self-sufficiency they can.The 100,000 Homes Campaign in Oklahoma City uses the Housing First philosophy, a radical departure from past practices (called Housing Readiness).
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United Way of Central Oklahoma creates lasting changes in people's lives right here in our community. No longer just a fundraising organization, today United Way is on the front lines of some of our community's most pressing problems through the work of 60 agencies.
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