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OKC service groups work together to expand overnight shelters during cold weather

Post Date:11/14/2018

OKC service groups work together to expand overnight shelters during cold weather

Oklahoma City social service groups are working together to expand overnight shelter access for people who are homeless when overnight temperatures drop to freezing or below.

Donations of cold weather gear like coats, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, blankets and more are needed and will be accepted by the a groups collaborating to provide shelters.

Participating service organizations include:

Contact the service organization for donation information. Donors may also contact the Homeless Alliance, 1724 NW 4th Street, (405) 415-8410.

“The collaboration between these service agencies is necessary to save lives when it gets cold in Oklahoma City,” said Jerod Shadid, the City’s homeless program planner. “They’re making it a priority to make shelters, staff and resources available to people who need it. Our community is grateful for it.”

There were 1,183 people in Oklahoma City who were homeless on the night of the most recent Point In Time Count. Of those, 394 were sleeping outside or in other places not meant for human habitation, an increase of 47 percent over last year. About 1 in 5 of the homeless people in Oklahoma City are a family with children.

Organizations participating in the effort to expand overnight shelter options include the American Red Cross of Oklahoma, Be The Change, Catholic Charities, City Care, City Rescue Mission, City of Oklahoma City, Feed the Children, Grace Rescue Mission, HeartLine, Homeless Alliance, Jesus House, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Positive Tomorrows, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Salvation Army and United Way of Central Oklahoma.

“This collaboration demonstrates the commitment these organizations have to the well-being of the community and helps share resources and experience,” added Shadid. “They are dedicated to working with the City of Oklahoma City to determine a long-term approach for cold-weather responses to homelessness. Each partner brings different services to bear year-round. People can contact individual service providers to ask about resources they may need throughout the year.”

 

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 Media Contacts

Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

 

 

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