Housing, Shelter

OUR HOUSE INC

Little Rock, AR

Mission

Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community.

Ruling Year

1988

Executive Director

Ben Goodwin

Main Address

PO Box 34155

Little Rock, AR 72203 USA

Keywords

Homeless, Education, Employment Preparation, Youth Development, Child Development

EIN

71-0653846

 Number

2640683925

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our House’s mission is to reduce the problems associated with homelessness and near-homelessness in our community, including the problems pertaining to family and child homelessness. In 2019, it was estimated that over 2,700 individuals were currently homeless in the state of Arkansas. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, Arkansas ranks 4th worst in the nation for addressing child homelessness, with more than 21,000 children experiencing an episode of homelessness annually. Homeless children in Arkansas face a host of substantial academic, emotional, and developmental challenges. In Central Arkansas alone, a 2019 point-in-time count found over 1000 people identifying as homeless, with 54% reporting that they were unsheltered. Our House works primarily to address this problem in Central Arkansas by empowering families and individuals out of homelessness.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Housing Program

Career Center Programs

Little Learners Child Development Center

Our Club Youth Program

Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of clients served by our programs.

Number of service recipients who are employed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Career Center Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of Our House clients who gained or maintained employment through our programs.

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of children served by our programs each year.

Number of families served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of families served annually in our homelessness prevention program.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Related program

Housing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Number of individuals who utilize our housing program annually

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our House aims to empower homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. We aim to help homeless and near-homeless adults find and keep full-time employment, gain financial stability, find and maintain permanent housing, promote their family’s success, participate in their communities, and have the ability to set and achieve their dreams and goals. We also strive to meet the basic needs of homeless and near-homeless children, build their confidence and self-worth, meet their developmental goals, provide the support they need to succeed in school, and allow them to grow up to become successful adults, breaking the cycle of poverty for their families. From this Two-Generation approach, we work to change our community’s perceptions of homelessness and become more engaged in contributing to the success and stability of homeless and formerly-homeless individuals and families.

Our House employs comprehensive programs that work to empower all of our clients with the resources and stability they need to accomplish their desired goals. We provide individual case management through a number of our programs that targets our clients’ needs, skills, and potential obstacles, while working with them to provide education, employment services, or supportive services to work towards self-sufficiency and success. Our two-generation approach serves whole families, as well as parents’ and children’s individual needs, working to create solutions that uplift the entire family out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Our House’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is currently in place which elaborates on our goals and focuses for the coming years. We have identified six key themes as areas of focus that are particularly important to Our House’s success in the next five years, including: Housing, Mental Health, Expansion into New Communities, Community Leadership, Public Policy, and Earned Income. Goals stemming from these focus areas include exploring opportunities to expand and improve housing programs for families, building and broadening partnerships with local employers to hire our clients, seeking opportunities to increase our capacity to meet mental health needs of our clients, and actively exploring opportunities for expanding the Our House model into other communities.

Our House’s nationally recognized program consists of integrated, wrap-around services from our five program areas. Our housing programs, which consist of an emergency shelter and transitional housing, are called home by 110 adults and children every night. Our children’s programs, which include Little Learners for 0-6-year-olds and Our Club for Kindergarten-12th graders, are the only licensed programs for homeless children in the state. The programs, which together serve 150 homeless and near-homeless children daily, have also achieved the state’s highest quality rating. Our homelessness-prevention program, the Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute (CAFSI), provides a host of supportive services up to 180 at-risk families at any given time. The Career Center, founded in 1991 as the nation’s first computer education program for homeless adults, continues to be a hub of innovation and opportunity for scores of homeless and near-homeless adults each day. In the last year, the Career Center served over 2,000 individuals and assisted over 500 individuals in acquiring employment. Our Reentry program assists formerly incarcerated individuals in surmounting barriers to employment and other services, and also provides services including anger management and alternative dispute resolution programming. All of Our House’s programs are based at our seven-acre campus to allow easy access to all of our services as well as to improve program integration. We maintain a staff of over 90 individuals which includes caseworkers, employment coordinators, youth specialists, preschool teachers, and housing supervisors. Our team also includes AmeriCorps VISTAs who build upon Our House’s organizational capacity, as well as AmeriCorps members serving in the areas of youth, child development, employment coaching, and health.

Our House continually tracks and measures outcomes for each of our programs in order to determine their successes and to find areas for improvement. These outcomes include client data including but not limited to employment, education, net worth, and housing status and stability. We maintain a unified client database where outcomes and output data from all of our programs are collected, allowing programs to easily share information and improve services to our clients. We will continue to develop this database to accommodate program growth and change, allowing our organization to accurately track outcomes and adjust services to better fit organizational goals and client needs. Our grants team leads our organization in quarterly performance reviews of these outcomes to determine the success of our programs, and determine how we can increase our impact on the clients we serve. In recent years Our House has garnered national attention for our efforts to evaluate our clients’ satisfaction with our programs. We seek to include client input in program evaluation and program design. Since 2015 we have held a biannual “Speak Up Week,” during which we administer anonymous surveys to every adult client in all of our programs. Survey results are interpreted with the help of our Community Council, made up of 14 current Our House clients. These innovative efforts put us on the leading edge of a movement in client-facing nonprofits to include clients in program evaluation.

Our House serves almost 3,000 clients each year with a variety of programs designed to elevate them out of homelessness and poverty. We have continually expanded our programs to serve more clients and expand our reach into the community. In 2012, we started our homeless prevention program to work with over 100 families each year and prevent them from experiencing an episode or recurrence of homelessness, and we just received a new grant that will nearly double the size of the program and families served. In 2014 we opened our new Children’s Center, which allowed us to triple the number of children and youth we serve each year. In 2016, we completed a renovation of our Career Center which allowed us to further expand our adult education, career services, and reentry services. In 2017, our Reentry program was expanded to include new caseworkers and partnerships to increase the number of formerly incarcerated individuals we could serve. In 2018, we were able to double the size of our homeless prevention program due to a new grant and partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. We have also recently broadened our programs and partnerships to include improved health and wellness services, anger management, and recovery services. Our House recently launched a capital campaign to construct new facilities on our campus in order to grow our housing capacity alongside significant expansions to our children’s programs and career and family services. Upon completion, this new construction will significantly expand and enhance our ability to serve families and children with our programs.

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OUR HOUSE INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No