As the Board studied the homeless situation in Searcy and White County, members decided that Jacob’s Place would be a facility that housed “families with children” to protect the most vulnerable individuals who are affected by homelessness: children.
On average, Arkansas ranks 48th, of the 50 states, in child homelessness.
Since its opening in 2008, Jacob’s Place has served over 125 families with children, and there has been an ongoing “waiting list” since January 2009. Countless referrals have been made to other facilities, not only for housing but for food, clothing and other services as well.
One of the most difficult tasks Jacob’s Place has is turning people away. It is only out of necessity and according to the law, we must, because there is not enough space at the shelter.