Making Riverview Hope Campus a Reality
The program areas and services to be offered at the Riverview Hope Campus are being developed with guidance from professionals in several areas. For example clinical services are being developed by Mercy Hospital; mental health services are being provided and evaluated by Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center; adult education program is being developed and monitored by the Fort Smith Public Schools Adult Education department. A 127,000-square foot building, the former Riverside Furniture Plant One, located on seven acres at 301 South E Street will serve as the Riverview Hope Campus, and constructions renovation and programs will take place in three phases:
PHASE 1: Renovations/Site Work $2,250,000
The acquisition of the former Riverside Furniture Plant One and a 35,00-square foot renovation of the building to establish a 75 bed, low barrier shelter. This will house the chronically homeless with a mat on the floor, meals and showers. We will encourage those staying at this emergency shelter to participate in the on campus day program. Phase one will also include a cafeteria and commercial kitchen, showers, laundry area, classrooms, clinic exam rooms, counseling rooms, barber shop, kennels for pet companions, bulk storage, personal storage areas and a worship center. Similar campus models across the United States have shown there is an 80 to
95 percent success rate of transitioning people out of homelessness compared to 7 to 10 percent realized by models which do not offer comprehensive services in a centralized location.
PHASE 2: 12 Single-Room Occupancy Apartments $700,000
The addition of 12 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartments for transitional housing. These apartments will be occupied by the homeless transitioning out of homelessness by attending classes, looking for a job, helping around the campus and other positive behavioral tasks.
PHASE 3: “Safe Haven” $330,000 The addition of a 12 bed facility- Safe Haven- to help stabilize and provide appropriate care for chronically homeless persons suffering from mental health issues.
Riverview Hope Campus (3 phases) $3.9 million
Acquisition/Renovation Funding Sources
City of Fort Smith
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Private Gifts/Foundations/In-Kind
Pending Funding Applications
• Arkansas Housing Trust Fund- $250,000 (announcement Nov/Dec) • Mortgage Settlement Funds- $450,000 (announcement Nov/Dec)
$603,441 $500,000 $813,273