October 16th Club Meeting: Dan Straughan, Homeless Alliance
A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Dan Straughan (Pronounced Strawn) was born and raised in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Norman. He attended Putnam City Schools and got both his degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Dan spent ten years as a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City before joining United Way in 1997 where he served as Vice President for Agency Relations, Allocations and Community Investment.
Dan became the founding Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance in 2004 to build the community’s capacity to better care for the homeless. The Alliance has developed and implemented a networked computer database that allows agencies serving the homeless to share data on shared clients, developed and implemented community standards for homeless shelters, and developed the WestTown Homeless Resources Campus, a “one-stop shop” covering a city block with Oklahoma City’s only day shelter serving 350 homeless people daily, a resource center filled with comprehensive services available for the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness and housing for chronically homeless individuals and veterans.
Dan has served as President of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (GICH) and president of the United Way of Central Oklahoma Agency Directors Association.