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Homeless Housing & Services

Health Resources of Arkansas serves as the Lead Organization for the Delta-Hills Homeless Continuum of Care. In this role, the agency operates several types of programs, funded under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. These are designed to serve and benefit the homeless and they strive to regain self-sufficiency and personal independence.

PATH - Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

The PATH program is a grant created under the McKinney Act. It provides HRA the ability to deliver services to individuals that are:

A. Seriously mentally ill or
B. Seriously mentally ill with co-occurring substance abuse disorders
And who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Some of the available services under this grant include:

  • outreach services
  • screening and diagnostic treatment services
  • habilitation and rehabilitation services
  • community mental health services
  • alcohol or drug treatment services
  • staff training, including the training of individuals who work in shelters, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, and other sites where homeless individuals require services
  • case management services
  • supportive and supervisory services in residential settings
  • referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services
  • minor renovation, expansion, and repair of housing;
  • planning of housing
  • technical assistance in applying for housing assistance
  • improving the coordination of housing services
  • security deposits
  • the costs associated with matching eligible homeless individuals with appropriate housing situations
  • 1-time rental payments to prevent eviction

For questions or to apply for assistance, call 870-793-8973 or 870-793-8900 ext. 1161. Or e-mail ahagan@hra-health.org or ncoleman@hra-health.org.

Additional programs are:

  • Independence Inn Transitional Housing Program: This is a project operated at the Independence Inn of Batesville, where 20 single rooms are set-aside to provide transitional housing and supportive services for single persons who are homeless and mentally-ill. The project provides shelter for clients, for up to 18 months, and during their participation, they have access to a wide range of support services, which help in their rehabilitation process and also help reconnect them into mainstream living. Services provided by the TH Program include daily meals, mental health treatment, medical assistance, transportation, employment assistance, and other services.
  • HRA Homeless Emergency Shelter: HRA also operates one of several emergency shelters, located throughout Arkansas. This shelter is located at the Independence Inn, in Batesville, and provides a limited number of emergency beds for homeless individuals who have been outreached through the agency or the Continuum of Care network. In this facility, clients are permitted into short-term stays and are provided supportive services, until they can be placed into one of our Transitional Housing facilities or directly into permanent housing, as each individual case may dictate. This program is funded through the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Emergency Shelter Grant program, which is a part of the federal McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.
  • Augusta Inn Transitional Living Center: In Augusta, Arkansas, HRA operates a 20 unit Transitional Housing facility which provides temporary living and support services for homeless persons who have completed substance abuse treatment at the Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center, in nearby Searcy. Supportive services include outpatient substance abuse treatment, mental health, medical, daily feeding, and transportation. It is designed to help homeless clients transition into a permanent living situation, employment and self-sufficiency.
  • Permanent Housing for Homeless: The Mills Assisted Living Center, located at the Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center, in Searcy, HRA operates a 20-units permanent housing complex, where units are set-aside specifically for homeless individuals who have successfully completed substance abuse treatment at the Mills Center. Clients admitted into this component are able to live independently and work in the community, as they remain connected to outpatient substance abuse and/or mental health treatment services, as may be necessary. This program is directly funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, under the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.

For more information on the homeless programs, please contact:

Nancy Coleman
Health Resources of Arkansas
P. O. Box 2578
Batesville, AR 72503
870-793-8900 ext.1161
ncoleman@hra-health.org