Free Resident Services
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is a youth organization operated by the Salvation Army and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. They offer an environment where youth members can come and enjoy themselves in being involved in social, recreational, educational, and leadership programs. The programs are directed by qualified staff who help young people with the issues they face in everyday life. Serves all youth ages 7 to 17 years old. Monday through Friday, 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Operated by Community Action Agency, the center offers daily programs that focus on drug counseling. There are also prevention programs for parents and youth. Specific programs include: Individual, group, and family counseling, special counseling in women's issues and parenting, specialized support group counseling and after care. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Turning Point, After School Recreation Center
Operated by Community Action Agency, after- school recreation programs of supervised structured activities include basketball leagues, arts and crafts, games, and field trips.
A Chance for YOUth
Operated by the Eagle Ridge Institute, A Chance for YOUth offers various programs for children, teens, and their families, which emphasize life skills and self-esteem building. The aims of these programs are to provide positive alternative activities for youth to distract them form the drug culture. Monday through Friday, 3:30 - 7:00 pm.
Head Start, operated by Community Action Agency, is a preschool program designed to enrich the child's learning environment and prepare for school. Through the Head Start program children are provided free dental and medical check-ups. Nutritious meals are served daily.
Each of the five 4-H Clubs is available to youth residing in OCHA apartments and houses. A garden is cultivated at each site. The youth work on the garden with help from the County Extension Horticulturalists, volunteers from the Extension Master Garden Program and adult residents. In addition to garden programs, 4-H Clubs also provide sewing classes.
The Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America have committed themselves to developing troops in all five of the Authority's family developments. We see this as a very positive activity for boys. Boy Scout programs offer the boys an opportunity to expand their horizons.
The objectives are to "motivate, and educate the boys to develop their self-esteem so that they can become decision making adults." Troops meet weekly.
As a new program beginning in late 2000, the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America have committed themselves to developing the Venturing Program in all five of the Authority's family developments. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their staff and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that help youth pursue their interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
The Redlands Council of Girl Scouts have committed themselves to developing troops in all five of the Authority's family developments. We see this as a very positive activity for these girls. Girl Scout programs offer girls an opportunity to expand their horizons.
The objectives are to "motivate, and educate the girls to develop their self-esteem so that they can become decision making adults." Troops meet weekly.
The ultimate goal of the program is to coordinate services that address an individual's needs in an effort to help our residents become better parents. Parents As Teachers program provided by the Oklahoma City Public School system. Providing an early learning program designed to provide parents with children from birth to five years of age with developmental information to enhance the development of their children:
The Learning Center Job-Training Program at Oak Grove Computer Lab
Section 3 is a requirement under the Housing and Urban
Development Act which states a preference must be granted to low-income persons
in all government contractual and hiring decisions. In order to address
this requirement, OCHA entered into a contract with an independent contractor
for the purpose of increasing public housing resident's qualifications for
employment. Training is conducted at Oak
Grove. Residents are transported each day to the computer lab.
Over 50 residents have been placed into employment as a result of the program.
An "English as a Second Language" program and conversational Spanish language course is available for residents and staff.
An after-school tutoring program was implemented at the Oak Grove Learning Center Safe Haven in October, 1997. Homework assistance is available for kindergarten through 12th grades after school Monday through Friday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
The Oklahoma City/County Health Department established an
on-site health clinic at the Oak Grove
Development. Free clinic services
will be provided to OCHA residents and residents of the surrounding
The Oklahoma City/County Health Department developed a visiting nurse program that provides services to pregnant women and new mothers and their children. These visiting nurses instruct new parents on proper prenatal and infant care. This activity was funded by the special Department of Justice/University of Colorado Healthy Start Program and the State of Oklahoma.
Drug and Crime Hot-Line
In January, 1989, the Oklahoma City Housing Authority established a special Hot-Line. By calling 232-OCHA, residents may report any resident or unit they believe is involved in any illegal activity. Caller may remain anonymous.
Oklahoma City Housing Authority Protective Services
The OCHA recognized the need for a security patrol as a preventative maintenance measure and the OCHA Security Department was established in 1974.
Security is provided through uniformed guards who patrol on a regular basis to maintain a safe living environment for adults and children. A centralized phone number will secure assistance at any time, day or night. (405) 232-1041.
It's All About People
In May, 1990, OCHA re-instituted its organization-wide newsletter. Residents receive a copy with their monthly rent statements.
The purpose of the newsletter is to better inform residents and staff alike about ongoing activities, special events, OCHA policy, drug prevention information, and a format for recognition for individual accomplishment.
The "We Care" Christmas Project sponsored by OCHA employees collects and delivers food, clothing, and toys to families in our family developments.
OCHA Christmas parties are held for children ages 2 to 12 at each of the family developments. Each department sponsors and staffs a party, with games, refreshments, and face painting booths. Each child attending receives a Christmas stocking and a Polaroid picture taken on Santa's lap.
Creative Communities is an arts education, youth development and community building strategy that partners community schools of the arts and local public housing authorities to provide children and youth with high quality arts instruction during non-school hours. The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, through a cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is implementing the initiative in 20 cities across the country. The three-year initiative represents a $4.65 million dollar investment in community arts education and will expand access to arts education for over 5,000 young people residing in public housing communities.