Grant money awarded helping to prevent homelessness

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"I think prevention is always the answer first, it doesn't matter what you're dealing with," said Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas Executive Director, Jamie Collins.

Collins says more than a half million dollars in grant money is helping them help others.

"It's primarily for individuals who but for this help will become homeless or have become homeless and we want to rapidly re-house them,:" said Collins.

Collins says the grant money will allow Mission Outreach to step in quickly  and help another person or family avoid homelessness, but she says recipients have to step up too.

The burden is on the participant to demonstrate on a continuing basis that yes, I'm willing to take step 2, step 3, step 4, step 5 all the way through because I don't want to come back here," said Collins.

Collins says this is the type of program that has been needed for years.  It's helping others help themselves--and setting goals to make sure homelessness or the threat of homelessness doesn't reoccur.

"We want to step in as early as possible before this becomes a cycle," said Collins.

Collins says the need for their services and others like them is growing.  She says she's hopeful that by giving others the tools they need to prevent homelessness, it will lessen the demand on the shelter and allow them to help even more.

"This will enable us to do what we should have been doing all along--that's prevent it.   Let's stop this thing from ever happening," said Collins.

Collins says help for recipients could come in the form of money, but there are other resources available too--legal aid, financial planning, even help finding job training or placement.

Click on the link associated with this story for more information about if or how to qualify for the program.

You can also call Mission Outreach at (870) 236-8080.

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