Riverview Hope Campus Announces Construction Start Date

  Fort Smith, Ark. — Construction on the building that will house the Riverview Hope Campus will begin Thursday, October 6, 2016. After many years of preparation, this center for non-profit organizations will be officially underway.  The project, started by the Old Fort Homeless Coalition, is set to be completed in time for a fall 2017 […]

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2015 Point-In-Time Count

Unsheltered Homeless Numbers On The Rise   The Old Fort Homeless Coalition  released the results of the 2015 Point-In-Time count, which shows that the number of unsheltered homeless in 2015 increased compared from 2014 by 11%. The 2015 surveys show 179 people are homeless in the River Valley, with 92 of those unsheltered. In 2014, there were 185 people homeless […]

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State Funding Comes Through For ‘Hope Campus’ In Fort Smith

It was announced Wednesday that the Arkansas Development Finance Authority approved $695,000 worth of grants for a future homeless and social services campus in downtown Fort Smith, setting the stage for phase one of the multi-million dollar effort. To build what it calls Riverview Hope Campus, the Old Fort Homeless Coalition plans to purchase a 7.5-acre property […]

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What is the definition of Chronically Homeless?

Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition, a chronically homeless individual is someone who has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or who has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years and has a disability. A family with an adult member who meets this description would also […]

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How do you think the Riverview Hope Campus will benefit our community?

Kevin Lindsey, Chief – Fort Smith Police Department “The Riverview Hope Campus will provide persons experiencing homelessness within the River Valley area an opportunity to reconnect with society, reacquaint themselves with necessary life skills, and improve the overall quality of life in Fort Smith. The Fort Smith Police Department, as well as other emergency response […]

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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 […]

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