Once a year, the residents of Oklahoma City get together to perform the Point in Time, an annual census of the city’s homeless population. In the early hours of Thursday morning, volunteers gathered and canvassed the city and known homeless camps had been reported.
The homeless census is carried out by the Homeless Alliance, the Coalition to end poverty, and a few other government agencies including nonprofit and religious groups. Once all the data has been collected, the results are sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Oklahoma City residential movers report that according to the Point in Time 2016 statistics, the city’s homeless count increased by approximately 16 percent. Advocates estimate that the homeless population in Oklahoma City for the year is 4-5 times more than what is found in just one night. With this estimate, the city’s homeless population is actually between 6,044 and 7,555 last year.
All My Sons accounts the increase in homelessness to a few different factors, including loss of jobs in the oil and gas industry and the temporary freeze on Housing Choice vouchers, known as Section 8. The executive director of the Homeless Alliance, Dan Straughan, believes there will be a similar increase in this year’s census with last year’s factors still affecting homelessness.
In addition to the already mentioned factors, high rate of occupancy in rental properties across Oklahoma City means that landlords can be more selective about their tenants, making it difficult for those with bad credit or a criminal history to find housing.
While the results of the census won’t be available for months, residents of Oklahoma City can expect to see an increase among unsheltered homeless people and homeless families with children. If you are in need of an Oklahoma City residential moving company, call All My Sons today!