Oklahoma City was selected to participate in Zero: 2016, a national initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Locally, the group being dubbed "Journey Home OKC" consists of more than 40 nonprofits, private businesses and government agencies working together to implement the campaign.
The initiative is a follow-on to the groups' successful 100,000 Homes Campaign, which has helped get more than 290 chronically homeless people off the streets and into housing in Oklahoma City between January 2013 and January 2015.
The campaign fundamentally changes the way we think about and respond to chronic homelessness. When the initiative was launched, Oklahoma City spent about $28 million each year on homelessness and nearly 80% of that was spent on the chronic homeless – who were 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 campaign in Oklahoma City uses the Housing First model, which other cities have found to DRASTICALLY reduce the cost of homelessness, while simultaneously providing shockingly good outcomes for those in housing. It’s the SMART way to do the RIGHT thing.
Please join our effort of housing OKC's most medically vulnerable, homeless neighbors. If you would like to support our work financially, please click on the Donate button to the left. Together we can end chronic homelessness in OKC. Thank you!