Housing Solutions receives enough volunteers to operate emergency shelters for people to stay warm

TULSA, Okla. — According to the Tulsa Housing Solutions Facebook, they have received enough volunteers.

Anyone who still wishes to help can either donate funds or join the volunteer wait list.

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Those helping people on the streets stay warm need your help. Tulsa Housing Solutions said they need dozens of volunteers by Wednesday evening so they can open up multiple emergency shelters.

Housing Solutions told FOX23 Tuesday night that the infrastructure is in place to open emergency shelters for five days. They just need 30 people a day on rotation.

With the bitter cold, Housing Solutions said the clock is literally ticking to give people a place to stay.

“That is severe, life-threatening,” said John Most, a pastor with City of Hope.

He’s previously handed out sleeping bags, handwarmers, tents and other supplies that will help homeless people stay warm. But Most said this is not the week to rely on that.

“I know there are people who have pets and things that they are concerned about, but they need to get inside,” he said.

Kyle Browning with Tulsa Housing Solutions is trying to step up.

“With this life-threatening weather approaching this Thursday and Friday, it is looking like … it will feel like negative 21 degrees, and that can cause a lot of concern,” Browning said.

He said by Wednesday, they would like to open multiple emergency shelters for people to stay in. But Browning said they need people to volunteer.

“Wednesday, the 21st to Monday morning, the 26th,” he said. “So if we can get enough volunteers, roughly 30 a day to volunteer for four hour shifts in rotation for the five day period, we believe we can get about 75 people settled in.”

Browning said it is as simple as signing up on their website.

“If you go to our website, housingsolutionstulsa.org, under ‘Volunteer Opportunities,” it will take you to that sign up form. And there is a list of those available time slots that you can reserve.”

Browning and Most both said signing up can save people’s lives.