A small percentage of homeless individuals and families with significant disabilities will require some form of assistance indefinitely. Frequent housing relocation is not helpful to building either stability or gaining any steps toward self sufficiency. OKC has emphasized the need for adding additional units of decent housing with appropriate wrap-around services to best meet the needs of those with life-long disabilities. As a community, we have more than doubled the number of permanent supportive housing units in the last five years. We have also moved toward the best practice of the “housing first” model and have been successful in quickly moving people to housing.
The largest and only federally competitive grant is the Continuum of Care (CoC).
The Application for this grant details all of the required elements. The Department of Housing and Urban Development issues a Notice of Funding Availability in the fall which provides the guidance for applying. In 2009, the City was awarded $2.2 million for 11 projects. In 2010, the City applied for $2.4 million to fund 18 projects.