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April 7, 2013

Providing food for 30 years

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More housing opportunities is another area that Doshier said the agency is looking into.

“We need housing opportunities for people who are on disability income and will never have the level of income that it takes to rent their own place and will require support and care throughout the remainder of their lives,” Doshier said. “We need housing opportunities for families who are living on income that is below or barely above the poverty line and to be able to provide them a level of stability.

“We are looking at how do we provide these housing opportunities for people? There are two major obstacles, if we are ever going to put a dent in the homeless issue, and one is affordable housing and two is jobs.

“We are looking at how can we help people get jobs, keep jobs, connect with employers but also how can we help people get housing possibilities that give them the stability that they need?”

Doshier said she would love to see the Norman community completely invested in a solution to fight the homeless issue in Norman.

“We know that solutions from Norman are never going to come from the federal government. They are never going to come from the state of Oklahoma,” Doshier said. “Our solution on how we care for the people who are often at the lowest priority or at the lowest attention level, it will be a solution that will come from our community.

“I would love for more community members to be involved here in direct services, more community members to be involved across the city in all different ways, in helping us develop solutions or meeting the needs of the very poor and the homeless. I would love to see our community put us on the top of their attention level.”

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