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Help OKC's Homeless

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Making a contribution in the fight against homelessness in Oklahoma City is now at your fingertips with a new text-to-give campaign.

Donate here or text HelpOKCHomeless to 41444 and follow the instructions to make a donation benefiting local service organizations that help people who are homeless. The donations will be managed by the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

About homelessness in OKC

According to estimates based on the City’s most recent annual Point in Time Survey, there are about 6,000 people in Oklahoma City who are homeless each year.

Residents who are homeless were asked about various aspects of their backgrounds:

  • 33 percent report severe mental illness
  • 40 percent report substance use disorders
  • 5 percent report being victims of domestic violence
  • 11 percent report being veterans
  • 16 percent are age 17 or younger

People who are homeless have a life expectancy of about 45, and are disproportionately likely to be affected by violence and health problems. At least 23 people who were homeless died in Oklahoma City in 2016.

Those who transition in and out of homelessness more than once as they work for stability face these dangerous challenges over and over.

About the text-to-give program

Organizations that will receive funds donated through the campaign include:

  • Catalyst Behavioral Services
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • CityCare
  • City Rescue Mission
  • Exodus House (Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries)
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma
  • HeartLine
  • Homeless Alliance
  • HOPE Community Services
  • HopeHouse OKC
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
  • Mental Health Association Oklahoma
  • Neighborhood Services Organization
  • NorthCare
  • OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.
  • Positive Tomorrows
  • RAIN Oklahoma
  • Red Rock Behavioral Health Services
  • ReMerge
  • The Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Area Command
  • Skyline Urban Ministry
  • Sunbeam Family Services
  • Upward Transitions
  • Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City
  • Urban Mission
  • The Winds House (AIDS Support Program, Inc.)
  • Youth Services for Oklahoma County
  • YWCA Oklahoma City