Our House has three housing programs that are designed to encourage sustainability.
All residents must be willing and able to find and maintain a full time job.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a resident of Our House, please call the intake desk at 501-374-7383 ext 221 to check bed availability. Beds are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Often the introduction to the Our House programs, the Shelter is a safe, dormitory-style home for 80 men, women and children. There are two dorms: one for men, and one for women and children. The campus also includes common areas, a dining room, a commercial kitchen, a playground and garden.
Clients that first step onto the campus have a couple weeks to find a full time job. After that, they are required to maintain a full time position during their stay at Our House. Throughout their time at Our House, they are encouraged to take full advantage of all Our House programs, using the Education, Workforce, Client Services, Case Management, and Children’s Programs to better their chances in sustainability once they leave the programs. In return, Our House residents have a responsibility to pay a small maintenance fee, save most of their earnings, and participate in daily chores.
Residents can stay up to two years. They are encouraged to stay at least six months to get the full benefits of the programs. Often residents follow a plan of increased privileges and responsibilities by moving into either the Family House or Transitions Programs. Once they leave the campus, Alumni are encouraged to continue using the services through our Homelessness Prevention program called Central Arkansas Stability Family Institute or CAFSI.
Alumni can also give back to Our House by becoming part of the F.R.E.S.H. Alumni group, a self-governed support group that educates the community on homelessness, and provides support to current residents.
Residents of the Our House Shelter can apply to be part of the Family House, an on-campus apartment style housing program. Family House members enjoy increased privacy, privileges and responsibilities.
There are 13 units: each room is for one family, one married couple, or two or three adult roommates. A communal kitchen allows residents to cook their own meals for private family dinners; there is a common living room for relaxing and socializing. This is also where single fathers with children live.
This unique program is a great way for residents to smoothly transition into permanent housing. It is the only program in Arkansas where couples can stay together, and single fathers can live with their children.
Former residents of Our House can participate in two programs: F.R.E.S.H., an alumni group focused on service, and CAFSI, a homelessness prevention client services program.