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.
How can I help?
How do I become an Our House resident?
The best way to check bed availability is to call the Intake Desk at 501-374-7383 ext 221 or to come in person during business hours, 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Beds are first-come-first-serve. Due to the high need in our community, we do not keep a wait list, but we may take your information in case there is unusually high availability.
You must be willing and able to find and maintain a full time job.
We serve individuals and families of all types, including single fathers with children.
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.
How can I apply for the Family House Program?
To be eligible for Family Housing, you must either be a current Our House resident or a homeless single father with children. Individuals and families apply by filling out the Our House Family Housing application. Acceptance is contingent on Family House availability as well as suitability for the program. Applicant’s need, potential to succeed, willingness to commit to the program, and past performance in Our House programs are all considered. If you are interested in applying, please print out this form and hand it in to your case manager.
How can I learn more about this program?
The Transitions Program provides housing and supportive services to women with criminal history. Clients live on campus, have access to all Our House programs, and get one-on-one case management specific to the barriers they face as job seekers and members of the community. The main areas of focus are education, money management, clearing background records, job skill, and permanent housing.
Clients must be a resident of Our House to apply. If you are interested applying for the Transitions Program, please fill out the form below, and either email it to Michelle Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or print and hand in to Housing Manager Michelle Barnes.
For more information on Transitions, please contact Program Manager Michelle Barnes at 501-374-7383 ext 204.
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.
Are you a former resident wanting to reconnect with Our House? The Our House Alumni group is a great way to get involved.F.R.E.S.H., or Former Residents Educating Society on Homelessness, is a self-governed group of men and women who have experienced homelessness and want to give back to Our House and the community. Service is a main focus. F.R.E.S.H. offers hope and support to current residents, is regularly involved in community service, and reaches out to the community to break down stereotypes of homelessness.F.R.E.S.H. Alumni:
- Serve a meal once a month at Our House
- Share their story and hope with current residents at Experience Meetings
- Attend fundraisers and host their own fundraisers for the group
- Plan community service projects like the Adopt-A-Street clean-up program.
- And much more.
Interested in participating? F.R.E.S.H. holds meetings twice a month on the Our House campus. To find out more details, please contact the Housing and Alumni VISTA at 501-374-7383 ext 236 or email@example.com
Here are some upcoming activities for the Alumni Group:
The CAFSI Program provides continued support to former residents and community members who are at risk of becoming homeless. CAFSI provides clients with individualized case management and access to all Our House programs while they transition into sustainability. For more information, please visit our CAFSI page.