Welcome To Opportunity Center for the Homeless
1208 Myrtle Ave, El Paso, TX - 79901
The Opportunity Center for the Homeless (OC) consists of two homeless
shelters, one for single adult men and one for single adult women, and
seven residential centers for the elderly, single women (3), mentally
ill, veterans, and men and women in school/work programs.
Homeless persons coming to the OC receive services by walk-in or
referral 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. We receive the least among the
homeless including addicted, elderly, mentally ill, and immigrant;
police even drop of homeless at our shelter.
Over the year we
served nearly 124,000 meals and provided over 102,000 nights of sleep.
We counseled over 2000 men, women, and youth, and transitioned over 1000
into work, training, and school programs.
On average our
homeless population is 88% male and 12% female; 57% are Hispanic, 28%
Anglo, 12% Black, and 3% Other. In particular, we are seeing an
increase in homeless single women.
OC Programs operate within three categories of Services:
OC Homeless Shelter staff complete an intake assessment to determine the
client’s homeless status, sub-population status, and key needs. Basic
intake services include three meals/day, individual bedding, bathroom
and shower facilities, laundry facilities, backpack storage, mailing
address, and clothes closet (new and used clean clothes).
Beyond the required food, shelter, and clothing needs, homeless clients
may choose services that help return them to the path of a home-based or
self-sufficient lifestyle. OC case workers counsel clients on the OC
system of client services so that clients may be placed within the
programs that best suit their current ability to return to a supportive
home lifestyle. The OC system of individual and support services
includes: individual assessment and case management, substance abuse
services, mental health services, medical services, veterans services,
employment services, educational counseling, on-site educational
classes, housing services, legal services, youth services,
transportation, and referrals to other support agencies. All of these
services are currently housed within the OC Shelter building. All
services are also available by referral to members of the El Paso
Coalition for the Homeless.
The living centers are either transitional or permanent living facilities for homeless clients who have qualified for housing through individual circumstances (e.g., elderly), program focus (e.g., veterans) or self-sufficiency goals (e.g., school/work programs). Please visit our OC Living Centers page for more information on each facility!