BetterBox Project is made up of mental health professionals, community volunteers and advocates for eliminating chronic homelessness in our communities. Building on the strength of the best practices of successful housing and homeless recovery models from Mental Health Association Oklahoma, BetterBox Project is raising awareness, funding and collaboration with communities nationwide.
Since 1989, Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s housing programs have helped residents rebuild their lives by providing safe and affordable housing, along with access to support groups, advocacy, treatment, legal counseling and other community supports.
When Mental Health Association Oklahoma began its housing program in 1989, it could only house 12 people. Today it is working to end chronic homelessness by providing nearly 900 units of safe and affordable housing for its 1,136 tenants, many of whom battle mental illness.
It also gives its tenants access to support groups, advocacy, treatment, legal counseling and other community supports.
Over the years, Mental Health Association Oklahoma has learned from the success of its tenants that the solution to homelessness is simple and effective: A place to call home and a community of people who believe in their ability to recover with treatment, peer support and social inclusion.
Mental Health Association Oklahoma is proud to say that 87% of its tenants who once lived on the streets did not return to homelessness in 2013.
Debt-free ownership, along with its mixed-income, mixed-population model, enables Mental Health Association Oklahoma to purchase and develop new units of scattered-site housing.
It has been proven that this housing model saves money, reduces homelessness and offers a stigma-free community for residents. In addition, it saves taxpayer funds and offers a return on investment for funders.