Fighting Homelessness and Poverty

Why Do People Become Homeless?

Some people become homeless because of personal choices or life events that occur; we call those reasons individual factors.  Other people become homeless because of systemic issues that are risks for all of us, we call those reasons structural factors.

Individual Factors

  • pill-and-circleSubstance Abuse
  • head-and-circleMental Illness
  • heart-and-circleDivorce
  • cross-and-circleDomestic Violence
  • arrow-and-cirleLoss of Job

Structural Factors

  • man-and-circleWeak Safety Nets
  • fence-and-circleAffordable Housing
  • dollarsign-and-circleLimited Income
  • wrench-and-circleJob Opportunities
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Who Is Homeless?

(2,462 in Benton and Washington Counties)

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Growth rate of Benton & Washington counties’ homeless population versus general population from 2007-2015 *CFI, U of A

5%

General Population

116% Homeless Population

78% Families w/ children

36% Veterans

How 7hills Helps

We are an outcomes based organization and our approach is effective and practical.  We offer evidence-based best practice programs that end cycles of homelessness according to HUD and The National Alliance to End Homelessness.

  • stairs-and-circleEducation(practical skills)
  • pyramid-and-circleOpportunities(investment)
  • people-and-circleHope(relationships)

Our Approach

Best Practices: HUDNAEH

Our Programs

7hills is a hub of services and affordable housing for homeless and impoverished individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas.  We work hard to match each client we serve with the services and housing that best meet their needs.

Services

  • DAY CENTER

    • Our Day Center served 75% of the over 2400 homeless in Northwest Arkansas last year! Services provided at the Day Center meet basic human needs including meals, showers, storage lockers, laundry, clothing, blankets, case management, service referrals, use of telephone, computers, coffee, newspapers, safe mail drop, transportation, groceries, crisis counseling, volunteer opportunities, identification and birth certificate assistance, psychological counseling referrals and assessments, prescription assistance, day labor opportunities, and job search assistance.The centers located in Fayetteville and provides a temperature controlled space, breakfast and snack (M-TH), Friday hot lunches are served.

Housing

  • SSVF

    • With 36% of NWA’s homeless population being veterans, our Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF) program is a fundamental part of 7hills. This program promotes housing stability among low-income Veterans and Veteran families who are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Support services include housing search assistance, case management, storage fees, moving costs, security deposits, rental assistance, utility assistance, psych-educational groups, childcare, legal services and community referrals. The SSVF program is a lifeline to more than 100 veterans in NWA who lack the resources or support network to provide for themselves and their families.
  • WFRC

    • Our Walker Family Residential Community provides 19 transitional homes for individuals and families to build skills and save for permanent housing within the community. There are also 8 permanent supportive homes for disabled individuals to increase their wellness and community support networks. The Walker Family Residential Community provided housing and learning opportunities to over 75 people in the previous year, including 24 children.

You can help us

7hills is reliant upon the generosity of the community in Northwest Arkansas to meet the growing needs of the homeless and impoverished in our region.  Partner with us to make an impact in our community through volunteering your time or donating to our mission.

7hills You Can Help Us

Donate

  • If you have donation
    questions please contact:
  • Charity Stillings
    charity@7hillscenter.org
  • 112 West Center Street, Suite 300
    Fayetteville, AR 72702

Volunteer

  • If you have volunteer
    questions please contact:
  • Melissa Moon
    volunteer@7hillscenter.org
  • 112 West Center Street, Suite 300
    Fayetteville, AR 72702