Rallying Our Community to End Homelessness.

The Homeless Alliance works to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by building the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies, identifying and filling gaps in homeless services, bringing nationally-recognized best practices to the community, and working to build a system that is more efficient, rationale, and caring.

The Homeless Alliance operates several housing programs for families with children, coordinates a community effort to house veterans and people who are chronically homeless, operates the IT infrastructure used by homeless-serving agencies in central Oklahoma, and publishes The Curbside Chronicle, a magazine that provides a voice and legitimate source of income for people who are homeless.

The Homeless Alliance owns and operates the Westtown Homeless Resource Campus which includes a Resource Center with offices for multiple nonprofit and government agencies, a housing complex, and a Day Shelter that serves an average of 350 people each day. The Day Shelter serves breakfast and lunch, provides showers, offers access to computers, phone, and mail, and provides access to needed services including mental and physical healthcare, budgeting assistance, legal support, and multiple classes and programs. For those people who can’t go to a homeless shelter because they have a companion animal from which they will not be parted, the Day Shelter removes that barrier by offering a kennel, complete with pet food and access to veterinary services, so that people with pets aren’t shut out of the system of care.

If you are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless and need assistance visit Heartline 2-1-1 where you will gain access to the organizations in your area that provide free and low-cost services such as financial assistance, food, clothing, housing, counseling, health care and more. For additional assistance, you can dial 2-1-1 to speak to a service specialist.

***COVID-19 Updates***

We’ve had a lot of questions about how we are handling COVID-19. While everyone is at risk of contracting this virus, people experiencing homelessness are faced with unique challenges. Without a home, people are unable to properly hunker down and do not have access to running water. People also must visit congregate environments, for food and hygiene, so social distancing isn’t an easy option. Additionally, many people we serve struggle with chronic health conditions.

While the situation continues to evolve daily, we have completely changed our operations focusing on delivering food boxes and resources to our clients who are in housing; revamping the way our Day Shelter works so that we do not have 350+ people in the building at a time in order to limit the spread of the virus while continuing to provide meals and mail; suspending street sales of The Curbside Chronicle and creating a vendor fund to bridge their gap in income; and ramping-up our outreach efforts to deliver supplies and food to people who are camping. We have new and evolving needs, but are making efforts to limit the spread of the virus while continuing to serve people in our community who are among the most vulnerable.

It is a challenging time for everyone. We are facing many struggles right now as we work to keep our clients safe from the virus while continuing to meet their basic needs.

We could use your help.

  • We need donations, but we also want to limit the number of people coming on our campus. Monetary donations are most needed and may be made online. http://bit.ly/donateHA
  • We have updated our Amazon list to include some of our current needs. Some of these items are not available, and some items on Amazon are not legit right now, so we were not able to add everything we need to the wish list. If you find them on another website (or are hoarding them in your closet), you can ship to: The Homeless Alliance 1724 N.W. 4th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73106. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2L8SV1OPCSD15/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist
  • Things we need most right now include: Soap, Hand sanitizer, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Hygiene wipes, Combs, Adult-size underwear, Sunscreen, Insect repellent. Travel-sizes are great, full-sizes good too. We could also use latex gloves, masks, bleach wipes, Lysol, and snacks like granola bars. To limit the volume of people on our campus at any given time, we are asking donors to come during non-peak hours if possible which are currently Tuesday and Thursdays between 9 & 11 a.m. or 1 & 3 p.m.
  • 405 Mask Makers project is partnering with OKC homeless services providers to meet an urgent need and protect some of our most vulnerable citizens and those who care for them from the spread of COVID-19. Check out how you can help (you don’t have to sew!) at 405maskmakers.com or email them at 405maskmakers@gmail.com
  • Due to our limited capacity, we are currently unable to accept household items or clothing.

We will continue to work to navigate this situation in order to provide for and protect our clients the best we can.

A Coalition of Oklahoma City Homeless Shelter Directors, Hospitals and Community Service Providers was formed out of concern for those that lack the resources to implement social distancing as primary prevention. The Coalition is currently mobilizing a response plan to implement “alternative care homeless shelters” for people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City. The intervention to slow community spread of COVID-19 includes safe shelter allowing 6-10 feet social distancing, professional health screening for symptoms and early detection and isolation for those with symptoms of infection.

The Alternate Care Homeless Shelters will limit the community spread of COVID-19 among the vulnerable population of people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City; and thereby reduce the risk to the community at-large. The Coalition is working through the logistics to open the shelter beds to allow for distancing, screening and isolation.

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United Way Partner

United Way of Central Oklahoma is focused on Successful Kids, Strong Families, Healthy Citizens, Independent Living, and Community Preparedness. Our Partner Agencies have been carefully selected and are reviewed annually. Held to higher standards of accountability than all other local non-profit organizations, they are the most effective service providers in our community.