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ABOUT US

Homelessness is complicated. It's an issue no single organization can solve on its own. It requires the entire community working together to address it effectively. We believe that together, we can end homelessness in OKC. 

OUR VISION

We seek to end long-term homelessness in OKC by building the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies, identifying and filling gaps in homeless services, bringing nationally-recognized best practices to the community, and working to build a system that is more efficient, rational, and caring.

OUR MISSION

The Homeless Alliance's mission is to rally our community to end homelessness. 

WE VALUE

Collaboration
Community
Innovation and creativity
Research and strategy

Nimbleness
People and their right to housing
Compassion regardless of circumstance
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

OUR HISTORY

The Homeless Alliance began as a group of community volunteers concerned about the fractured system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City. These volunteers visited other communities that had successfully implemented coordinated systems and studied their strategies. After launching with just one employee in a borrowed office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of OKC, one of the first initiatives of the Homeless Alliance was to begin convening the directors of the community's overnight shelters. From there, the Homeless Alliance conducted a community needs assessment to identify gaps in services and began work to fill those gaps. The organization then developed a software system to track data across the community in order to more strategically address the issue of homelessness. 

TODAY

Today, the Homeless Alliance operates a multi-agency homeless resource campus with access to multiple nonprofit and government agencies providing services including health clinics, veterans services, budgeting and legal assistance. The campus also includes Oklahoma City's only low-barrier Day Shelter which serves breakfast and lunch, offers showers, mail service, lockers, phones, computers, a pet kennel and access to classes and other service providers. The Homeless Alliance also has a street outreach team which goes out into the community to find people and connect them with services and operates four low-barrier employment programs including the Curbside Chronicle, Curbside Flowers, Sasquatch Shaved Ice, and Curbside Apparel.

 

Most importantly, the ultimate goal of the Homeless Alliance is to move people off the streets and into the safety and security of a home, so the organization operates multiple housing programs for people experiencing homelessness including families with children, veterans, victims of domestic violence, people exiting the justice system, people who are HIV positive, and people who are chronically homeless.  

The Homeless Alliance is a proud partner of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. 

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By the Numbers

In 2023, the Homeless Alliance: 

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750 People Housed

The Homeless Alliance helped house 750 people including families with children, veterans, and single adults through our programs and collaborative initiatives. 

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3,538 Unique Winter Shelter Guests

Our Winter Shelter is open from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31 and has space for up to 300 adults and their pets. 

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103,256 Meals Served

The Homeless Alliance serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests at our Day and Winter Shelters 7-days-a-week.

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330 Daily Day

Shelter Guests

The Day Shelter served an average of 330 guests each day in 2023. Guests have access to meals, showers, mail, barbers, legal aid, classes, service referrals, and more.  

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11,935 Unique Day Shelter Guests

There were 11,935 unduplicated people who visited the Day Shelter in 2023.

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18,030 People Served

We served 18,030 people through  all of our programs -  including housing, street outreach, food, shelter, and employment. This represents 81% of all individuals who have been entered into HMIS.

Homeless Alliance Leadership Team

Meghan Mueller, Chief Executive Officer

Alexandra Dueñez Burns, Chief Human Resource Officer

Carrie Sauer, Chief Development Officer

David Delgado, Chief Collaboration Officer

Ghadir Al Rashaideh, Chief Financial Officer

 Haley Phelps, Chief Administration Officer

Ranya Forgotson, Chief Social Enterprise Officer

Tara Ryan, Chief Housing Officer

Taylor Self, Chief Communications Officer

Whitley O'Connor, Chief Social Enterprise Officer

Board Officers

Julie Porter Scott, Board Chair

Suzy Lytle, Vice Chair

Jordan Sowers, Board Treasurer

Board of Directors

Brittani Hunter, Spiked Coffee

Christian Guzzy, Hartzog Conger Cason

 

Frank Turner, Turner Management

Halley Reeves, OU Health Sciences Center

Jason Hall, ODMHSA

Jennifer Lyles, RSM US LLP

 

Jordan Sowers, Shamrock Bank

Julie Porter Scott, Community Volunteer

Mark Gillet, Oklahoma City Housing Authority

Marion Paden, Leadership Oklahoma

 

Pete Kinzer, American Fidelity

Pam Stark, Veterans Affairs (retired)

Pooja Singhal, SSM Health

Sarah Bytyqi, Verbode

Suzy Lytle, Sandy Beaches Software

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