We will create opportunities that can increase housing for special needs populations. The need for housing that accommodates special needs populations, including the aging and people with physical or mental disabilities, is growing. Diversity in housing also includes providing environments for people who cannot fully live independently. Policies and regulations should encourage group settings and shelters in places with convenient access to transit, community facilities, daily needs, and support services. Universal design standards should be required within larger projects. Universal design involves designing spaces that can be used by the widest range of people and abilities.

We will address homelessness by applying a Continuum of Care model. Homelessness should be addressed through a two-point approach. The needs of people who are currently without homes should be met by building additional accommodations, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. A Continuum of Care model can identify and develop strategies adapted to Oklahoma City’s specific needs. In addition to supplying more housing, this approach prevents homelessness by including rent or mortgage assistance, housing counseling, medical or health counseling, and budget counseling.