OKC taking steps to reduce homelessness

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Anyone that has driven in Oklahoma City in recent years has no doubt noticed what appears to be a significant increase in the city’s homeless population. Whether it shows up as more panhandlers on street corners, more homeless camps popping up across the metro or more people sleeping under bridges or overpasses, homelessness is an epidemic that affects many people and impact communities.

Last year, just before the pandemic hit, the City of Oklahoma City conducted its annual Point-in-Time Count of OKC’s homeless population, and what it revealed was sobering. According to the survey, 1,573 people were experiencing homelessness, a jump of about 300 people from the 2019 count. There are many theories about why the sudden increase, but officials agree those figures may be much higher today.

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