Launch Homeless Families Out of Poverty and Into Financial Well-Being Through This Effective Holistic Program
Working homelessness is a complex issue — it happens when individuals have work but it's not enough to pay for basic necessities and take care of one's family. Often with zero savings, these working individuals are one health incident or job loss away from homelessness with no income. They can't get out ahead of financial liabilities and vocational mobility is all but non-existent. Without a vision or a realistic plan of escape, they remain stuck in the cycle of poverty until the inevitable day when something goes wrong and everything collapses on top of them.
In Little Rock, AR, Our House filled this gap for those experiencing homelessness and near homelessness by providing a structured pathway to escape from homelessness and poverty permanently. The organization does this by affecting all aspects of a person's life starting first with making sure basic needs are met through their Client Services and then providing a place to live through its Housing Program. Individuals are enrolled in the Career Center, and trained to re-enter the workforce with marketable skills and professional confidence. Innovatively, Our House treats the whole family and provides every generation with direction, counseling, and education. Kids enter the Children's Programs and are put on a path towards graduation and career readiness. The net result is a whole family healed, healthy, and self-reliant through well-paying jobs.
Our House provides a springboard out of homelessness for more than 2,000 homeless and near-homeless adults and children each year. In 2018, 93 percent of Our House clients successfully avoided homelessness and 506 adult clients found full-time income. Children ages 6-17 improved or maintained their math or literacy grades by 84 percent and 91 percent of children ages 0-5 improved or mastered literacy benchmarks. Lastly, 305 Central Arkansas employers hired talent from Our House.