Batesville business leaders help those in need

Batesville business leaders help those in need

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A community organization in Batesville is working to provide housing for people in need.

The Community Enrichment Organization (CEO) has launched a new program called "A Step Forward" to help people who do not have a stable home.

Each night 145 Batesville school kids do not know where they will spend the night, according to a report by McKinney-Vento.

"A Step Forward" is meant to help give some of those kids a home while also giving their parents resources to get back on their feet.

"It's about giving a hand up to people who might be in a bad situation that might just need a little bit of extra help in order to lead themselves to a self-sustaining lifestyle," said Autumn Hunter, program coordinator.

CEO acquired a foreclosed house in Batesville that they hope will be the house for "A Step Forward."

Before the project can go forward the city Planning and Zoning Commission must approve the building's use.

The house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Hunter said if the plan goes through at least four families will live in the home at a time along with 24/7 staff.

Families can live in the house for up to 6 months, during which time CEO staff will help parents find jobs so they can move out.

Residents of "A Step Forward" will also learn soft skills like cooking on a budget, literacy skills and resume and cover letter building.

A public meeting on the property is scheduled for Dec. 7.

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