Since being established in 2004, the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (GICH) has worked closely with State and Federal agencies and local units of Government and Continuum of Care groups to meet common goals such as: increasing our knowledge about the needs and trends of homeless subpopulations, including veterans, transitional age youth, families and chronically homeless individuals; developing and implementing strategies to improve access to housing, services and mainstream resources; and, promoting the development of affordable, permanent housing with/without supports. The GICH promotes collaborative leadership at all levels of government and across all sectors and is committed to preventing and ending homelessness.
The vision of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness is that every person in Oklahoma will have access to safe, decent, truly affordable housing with the needed resources and support to achieve self-sufficiency. Our role in achieving this vision is to provide recommendations to the Governor of Oklahoma related to policies, programs and services for Oklahomans experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness; and, to provide expertise, coordination and support to organizations, systems, and policymakers across the state as they work toward this vision.
Each year the GICH works to promote collaborations among stakeholders, increase access to affordable permanent housing, improve access to services, improve access to mainstream resources and improve access to federal and state benefits for individuals and families who are homeless.