Volunteers working to reduce number, cost of homelessness

Posted on: 1:41 pm, January 17, 2013, by and , updated on: 02:04pm, January 17, 2013

Homeless population

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of volunteers are hitting the streets to get a grasp on the city’s homeless population.

Starting Jan. 21, these volunteers will start making a name and face registry, what they say is the first step to decrease the number and cost of homelessness.

They are part of a national effort working to to help house the most medically vulnerable people living on the streets, the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Dan Straughan is the executive director of the Homeless Alliance, the Oklahoma City non-profit group organizing the campaign locally. 

He said Oklahoma City spends $28 million on homelessness each year. 

Oklahoma City currently has more than 1,300 homeless people; 230 of those are chronically homeless, meaning they have been on the streets for at least a year or four times in the past three years, according to Straughan.

Officials who started the 100,000 Homes Campaign said not only is this the right thing to do but getting the homeless the help they need will also save the city money. 

Learn more about OKC’s Homeless Alliance and the 100,000 Homes Campaign.