The Homeless Alliance began as a group of community volunteers concerned about the fractured and often fractious system of care for the homeless in Oklahoma City. These volunteers visited other communities that had successfully implemented coordinated systems (Columbus, OH, and Phoenix, AZ) and studied the strategies used by these and several other cities that had drastically reduced their homeless populations.
Initially funded by private foundation grants from the Noble Foundation, the Merrick Foundation, and the Inasmuch Foundation, the Homeless Alliance incorporated in April 2004.
Today, the Homeless Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to rallying our community to end homelessness in Oklahoma City through collaboration with service providers, city government, and local businesses. In order to end long-term homelessness, we focus on the following:
- A strategic vision to end homelessness.
- Elimination of gaps in services by increasing collaboration among service providers.
- An increased supply of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing.
As a means of reaching the goal of ending homelessness, the Homeless Alliance envisions a more collaborative system of care utilizing nationally recognized, research-based best practices that takes advantage of centralized planning and consistent outside evaluation.
The Homeless Alliance seeks to rally our community to find better ways to help our homeless and make the system more efficient, more rational, and more caring.