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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
Center for Employment Opportunities
City Rescue Mission
Exodus House (Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries)