Tiny Houses for the Homeless

$50,000 goal

Campaign created 4 months ago
ARKcentric incorporated as a Texas not-for-profit organization in August 2017 as a platform to engage our community in addressing the critical needs for basic shelter, security, restoration, and jobs for community members experiencing chronic homelessness and deep poverty.

ARKcentric, Inc. is building a platform which creates everyday opportunities for ordinary citizens to perform acts of random kindness (from which we created our name) bringing real relief and life-changing restoration to people living in deep poverty and chronic homelessness. It is difficult to build functional structures with rigid policies that actually help people thrive over long periods of time. Instead, we are creating opportunities albeit organized and structured to accomplish two major objectives:

a)         Empowering people living in deep poverty and chronic homelessness to envision a new future for themselves and to aim for the highest good they can be. We will do this by offering them a home, employment, and the resources they need to work towards their own vision of a thriving life.

b)         Introducing opportunities where everyone benefits from each other’s acts of random kindness directed at people living in deep poverty and chronic homelessness. Relief and restoration require money. But more than that, it requires people believing they can make a real difference in someone else’s life by putting their own gifts and talents to work.

What Sets Us Apart
First of all, we will not accept any money from government agencies either directly or indirectly. Government money comes with too many restrictions. We believe that helping the chronic homeless and people living in deep poverty is the personal responsibility of every member of a community.

Secondly, we believe the only way to permanent and lasting change is through a Christ-centered program where both the helped and the helper will grow in their faith and daily walk with Jesus Christ. Experiencing the brokenness of others helps us to see the things in our own lives which are broken and need healing and restoration through even a mustard seed size faith in Jesus Christ.

The Opportunity
On any given day in San Angelo, 5000 people are living in deep and persistent poverty (sheltered homeless) including 153 people who are chronically homeless and living on the streets (unsheltered).

Deep Poverty is a Monthly Income at or below 15% area median income (AMI).

It breaks my heart when I meet a working (part-time) single mother struggling to survive on less than $644 a month or a young family in their twenties with a three-year-old child living in their car.

Emotional fragility, untreated mental illness, addictions, lack of assets, poor social skills, poor work skills, or traumatic past histories undermine their well-being and ability to move forward in their lives. Combine these with lack of sufficient housing, inadequate life skills, and underemployment (or unemployment), they are faced with an almost insurmountable challenge. Most of them have already given up hope and frequently reject the notion that you and I are able to help them.

Our Solution
Providing affordable permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals and families who earn 15% or less than the area median income defines our understanding and strategies for our program.

Affordable – rent is based on 25% of a household’s income but never more than $1.15 per square feet with a month-to-month lease regardless of their initial temporary ability to pay rent.

Permanent – We have removed all barriers to entry and all time limits on their length of stay if they honestly want to change and are willing to work towards that change.

Supportive - supportive services that will assist a chronic homeless person or family to adjust to their new life–even if it takes years. We will create a cooperative neighborhood environment that promotes interdependent community living. Case management is provided by Peer Support Specialists who live on-site.

Housing –ARKcentric homes are small - 1 BR (288 sq. ft.), 2 BR (388 sq. ft.) and 3 BR (640 sq. ft.) - single-family detached homes built in clusters called pocket neighborhoods. The compact physical design of the homes and the pocket neighborhood foster increased interaction between residents by incorporating common facilities, including a community center (common house), pedestrian walkways, recreational area, community garden and open spaces.

Current Needs
Our initial fundraising goal is $50,000

Your donation today will allow us to:

- Obtain our IRS not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) status so that we may make all future donations tax deductible and be able to apply for grants. ($1,500) This is our most pressing goal.

- Design and build a prototype tiny home ($21,000) that can be used to educate the community about tiny homes for the homeless and pocket neighborhoods

- Purchase two acres of land in San Angelo, TX to build our first pocket neighborhood. ($10,000)

- Pay our one full-time staff worker a small $1,000 monthly salary. ($12,000 a year)

- Purchase promotional items (posters, stickers, t-shirts, and hats) to help get the word out about what we are doing. ($5,000)

With an increasing awareness of the value that the faith community and local businesses can play in helping to reshape the lives of those in need, we are working to form strong relational ties with you, your church, your business and other organizations to which you may belong.

Please consider making your best donation today and let’s do this together.

Thank you,
Rev. Scott L. Heiser
Founder/Executive Director
ARKcentric, Inc.
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$50,000 goal

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