Chickasha Planning Commission approves permit for Heidi Helping the Homeless Community Outreach
Aug 11 — The Chickasha Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a special use permit for Heidi Helping the Homeless, LLC.
Heidi Helping the Homeless, LLC, a convenience and thrift store opened on August 3 at 428 S. 3rd St.
Heidi Harrison applied for a special use permit that would allow the site to provide a wide variety of services, including showers and laundry facilities.
Harrison said people have expressed interest in donating labor and materials for the laundry / shower room.
The location is also a thrift store, with shoes and clothing sold for $ 1. This helps fund services provided to people in need. Blessing boxes are also available during store hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Several supporters have spoken out in favor of Harrison’s service to the community and have suggested waiving the fees for the affected permits. Harrison held garage sales to raise money to feed the homeless, often hand delivered by Harrison herself. Harrison store volunteers said Harrison donated children’s clothing to parents, whose children need clothing for the new school year.
The planning commission approved the removal of all permit fees for community outreach. Additionally, Harrison may be reimbursed for license fees she has already paid.
“I am very, very happy that they are with us,” said Harrison after the meeting.
Heidi Helping the Homeless, LLC will provide several services to those in need, including showers, laundry and food. There are also computers for those who need internet access. There will also be resources for addiction, mental health and wellness.
“We’re going to make sure they have somewhere to go. If it’s from the outside, come in. Take a shower, have a donut,” Harrison said. “Whatever their needs, so we can give them a chance to be on par with everyone else. And maybe then they’ll get off the streets when they have their resources,” Harrison said.
The one-stop-shop will also help people get their Social Security card and / or birth certificate, which are often needed to apply for jobs, Harrison said.
“Give them some hope, some choices so that if they decide to get off the streets, we’re going to give them the resources,” Harrison said. “And there are a lot of people who are going to help.”