Pivot, Inc. adds new tiny homes to relieve youth homelessness

OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) — Pivot, Inc. is an Oklahoma-Metropolis-based service supplier providing assist to younger folks experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma Metropolis. 

In recent times the group has been in a position so as to add a housing part to its providers by constructing a number of tiny homes on its campus on NE fiftieth Road.

Historical past

Free Press spoke through telephone to Jennifer Goodrich, President and CEO of Pivot, to get background on the group, and a glimpse at what’s to come back for Pivot and their clientele.

The group was based in 1972 as Youth Providers for Oklahoma County. In 2018, the group rebranded as Pivot, Inc., utilizing the slogan “A Turning Level for Youth.”

Pivot, Inc. principal constructing the place workplaces and youth providers are provided. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Pivot serves Transition Aged Youth in Oklahoma Metropolis. Lots of the younger folks they serve, all of whom are 24 years previous or youthful, have been in DHS custody beforehand, some having aged out of DHS providers. Additionally they serve younger individuals who have been concerned within the juvenile justice system.

A gaggle of philanthropic organizations approached Pivot and requested to proceed a number of the programming Be The Change, one other youth group, had been offering earlier than they closed.

Pivot now has a drop in middle, the Level, and two shelters on their campus. 

One shelter, Household Junction, is particularly for younger folks aged 12-15 who’re at the moment DHS wards, with a capability of 16 throughout non-covid occasions. They at the moment are sheltering 12 younger folks. The opposite shelter on the Level is for these aged 16-24 with a capability of 24, with 12 being sheltered at the moment.

Drop-In Providers

Kalyn McMahon, one of many employees for the drop-in shelter The Level, prepares a birthday cake for one of many youth they serve. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Along with sheltering, the Drop-In middle on the Level affords a wide range of providers. The drop in is open from 4 p.m. to eight p.m.

Each younger individual coming by means of the Level is assessed for his or her potential service wants. These might embody healthcare, psychological well being providers, substance use therapy, schooling, and employment.

Pivot’s advocates present normal case administration in addition to psychological well being and substance use case administration.

Selection Care has partnered with Pivot to open a clinic website on the Level, which is offered to Pivot’s clientele in addition to neighboring group members.


Peter Fulmer, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pivot, spent a while speaking to Free Press in regards to the pretty new housing part of providers supplied by Pivot.

Fulmer, who has a background in Actual Property, says that about 15 years in the past Pivot began on the lookout for methods to incorporate a housing piece to their providers. They visited Tulsa to see the housing part of Tulsa County Youth Providers to be taught somewhat extra about housing providers for younger folks.

Years later, the tiny home idea got here to the fore, and Fulmer and others concerned within the group began trying into the chances of that mannequin. There was unused land on the north aspect of the Pivot campus, a perfect website for transitional housing since it’s actually steps away from providers. The neighborhoods round Pivot acquired the thought of a tiny house group effectively, based on Fulmer.

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New pads for the tiny properties are curing as framing begins on the others. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Fulmer stated that an affiliate, Richard McKown, who’s a neighborhood developer, had some expertise with the tiny house group in Norman, which was constructed by his father. McKown provided his assist in planning.

Different builders provided their providers in serving to to correctly plat the unused property. There’s now house for as many as 86 tiny properties.

Beneficiant donations allowed Pivot to construct an preliminary three tiny properties. Smith & Pickel, a neighborhood development firm, are at the moment constructing three extra properties. A grant from the Federal authorities will enable Pivot to construct 20 extra of the tiny properties.

Fulmer stated that there’s potential sooner or later for multi-family models, supplied they obtain proof of higher outcomes for that sort of housing.

Fulmer informed us that Pivot has collaborated with different native nonprofits about providing wrap-around providers.

“We don’t wish to reinvent the wheel.”


The tiny properties are meant to be transitional housing, which means it’s a protected and long-term place to dwell whereas creating expertise essential to handle conventional housing on one’s personal.

The housing is for purchasers aged 16 to 24.

Goodrich stated that the housing program is fairly structured. Residing in one of many properties requires a every day interplay with an advocate, typically through telephone. As soon as every week, housing purchasers should have a head to head assembly with their advocate. And as soon as a month every housing consumer has a psychological well being evaluation.

Up to now, the primary three Pivot housing purchasers have moved out into extra conventional housing conditions.

For extra data on Pivot, please go to their web site at pivotok.org.

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