Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness builds collaboration

In Oklahoma, almost 4,000 people were officially counted as experiencing homelessness last year.

Service providers ranging from shelters and mental health groups to the Department of Education and Department of Veterans Affairs each have a specific need they are trying to meet for that population, whether it be housing, substance abuse treatment or children’s programming.

And to bring these providers and many others together to tackle homelessness holistically, Oklahoma has the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Greg Shinn, council chair and associate director and chief housing officer for Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said the council helps overcome the siloed nature of social service providers by connecting power players, ideas and resources all over the state.

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