Driving Compassion: City Care’s M.O.E. Bus Filling a Critical Need

by | Nov 14, 2023

In Oklahoma City, hope is on the move. City Care’s Mobile Outreach and Engagement (MOE) program offers a compassionate solution to the daunting challenge of transportation and bridges the gap for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.

This new initiative is a testament to City Care’s commitment to meet people where they are.

For many people experiencing homelessness, the journey toward regaining stability is halted by the simplest barrier: getting from point A to B. Lack of transportation can have dire consequences even for those who aren’t experiencing homelessness. The Urban Institute found that lack of access to transportation has negative impacts on health, education, and long-term economic outcomes.  

In a recent article for the Oklahoman, Staci Sanger, City Care’s chief development officer, emphasized that mobility is a significant hurdle for those trying to improve their circumstances right here in OKC. To help increase access to vital services—from obtaining identification to attending crucial appointments—MOE offers two free shuttles. Further proving the profound need for this resource, the soft launch of the program provided rides to approximately 1,100 people.  

Now, operating five days a week, MOE connects local shelters and service providers, and various agencies like the downtown library, Embark’s downtown Transit Center, local tag agencies, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Human Services, and even Social Security offices. MOE doesn’t just offer a ride, but a chance for a fresh start.  

City Care often removes barriers through collaboration and builds partnerships to fill gaps in services for our community, much like their ongoing efforts with their low barrier Night Shelter and their embedded housing navigator at the Diversion Hub. MOE reflects their innovative approach to meet the needs of our neighbors. It’s more than just transportation—it’s a lifeline for those who need it most. 

For more information on the MOE program and to see the current routes, visit https://www.citycareokc.org/moe 

Photo courtesy of Adam Luck