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Our House expands LR facilities to help the homeless

Our House, a nonprofit organization in central Arkansas, has expanded its facilities in Little Rock to serve more homeless Arkansans.

The 27,000-square-foot expansion cost approximately $16 million and will allow Our House to double its housing capacity for families, double the number of children served in the early childhood center and after-school programs, provide more space for case management and staff training programs and, for the first time, provide dedicated space for on-site mental and physical health services.

“Today we celebrate our commitment to human potential,” said Ben Goodwin, executive director of Our House. “We believe that people experiencing homelessness are capable of great things, and our community supports us in that belief. Thousands of people have contributed their resources, support and encouragement over the years to enable us to fulfill our promise that every man, woman and child who comes to our campus will receive the comprehensive support they need to get their lives back to build.”

The new Family House is designed to meet the increasing need to house homeless families together. It includes 14 transitional apartment-style units with shared kitchens and living areas, providing the necessary safety, structure and support to help families regain their stability.

The new Family Support Center serves as Our House’s center for support services. It provides coordinated access to case management, education and job training, increased space for children of all ages, space for mental health services and primary care for all family members, with the aim of removing the barriers to exiting homelessness.

The organization has unveiled plans for its next phase of growth. An additional 11 family homes and dedicated space for operational services will be added. There will be a $3.8 million grant from the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration (ADFA) and $1.5 million from the Windgate Foundation to pay for this new project.

Our House is seeking donations to complete fundraising for the new project and break ground later in 2024.