Pleased to settle into his new home Wednesday, William Gower first wanted nothing more than a refreshing shower.
There was no furniture yet to move around on the white-tiled floors of the one-bedroom apartment. But the 37-year-old had bedding materials and a pillow.
Most importantly, the space was his own.
“It’s been a struggle,” Gower said. “Maybe it’s a new start for me. I’m happy.”
Gower is one of 1,005 homeless people helped by the Built for Zero Tulsa initiative.
The program is an effort of A Way Home for Tulsa, which is a collaboration among 23 agencies dedicated to ending chronic and veteran homelessness.
The 1,000th person was placed a week ago. Gower pushed a shopping cart of belongings to a car at the Day Center for the Homeless on Wednesday afternoon, receiving a lift to his new residence at the nearby Hewgley Terrace apartments.