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Homelessness in Oklahoma City

Continuum of Care Committee

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced the Continuum of Care (CoC) Planning Process in 1994.  This community-based planning process identifies, prioritizes and works to meet the housing and supportive services needs of homeless individuals and families. 

The Oklahoma City Continuum of Care Committee (OKC CoC) is a committee comprised of citizens and non-profit service providers interested in working on community homeless and poverty issues.  The OKC CoC Committee provides oversight in coordinating competitive and formula programs specific to serving the City's homeless population. 

Formula grants include HUD's Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  This group also makes funding recommendations for the City’s Social Services grant.  The HUD Continuum of Care Grant is an annual competitive grant that builds on the previous year's performance in developing specialized housing with supports for those who are homeless, chronically homeless and have significant disabilities. 

The OKC CoC has adopted By-Laws and a Code of Conduct for conducting their business.

CoC Committee Members for 2011:


Affiliation/Term end

Pam Stark, Chair

Veterans Administration – coordinates homeless services/2012

Pat Gallagher

Community Volunteer/2013

Christi Jernigan

Oklahoma County Director of Social Services/2013

Sandy Wright

New View Oklahoma/2015

Maureen LeBlanc

United Way of Central Oklahoma/2016

Ashley Stokes

Regional Food Bank/2016

Emilykaye Mitchelson

Community Volunteer/2016

Mary E. Carey, PhD, APRN

Mental Health Contractor,Oklahoma Department of Corrections/2016

Greg Pringle

Oklahoma Department of Transportation/ 2016