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Ozark Opportunities, Inc. awarded Boy Scout, Troop 340, a mini-grant totaling $5,000 to build a mobile micro-shelter; funding provided by Entergy and Home Depot community impact grants. Jane Bueg donated a dual axle utility trailer for the project.

Local youth organizations in Baxter, Boone, Marion and Searcy counties are provided the opportunity to apply for $5,000 mini-grants to build mobile micro-shelters to combat homelessness in their local community. Micro-shelters provide safe, short term sleeping accommodations for homeless individuals. Youth groups interested must submit an application that includes their designs and materials list.

Micro-shelters are part of Ozark Opportunities, Inc. strategy to combat homelessness in north central Arkansas. Homelessness is a complex issue and the mobile micro-shelter is one strategy that provides a temporary and transitional solution. Micro-shelters provide a safe, secure place for homeless families to sleep while securing more permanent housing. Micro-shelters are placed with community partners that can provide access to restroom and cooking facilities. These partners along with Ozark Opportunities, Inc. collaborate and utilize additional resources to provide homeless families other stabilizing assistance that may include food, other housing assistance, employment, job-training, basic life skills education, etc.

If you would like to donate to this project contact Toby Atkinson, 870-741-9406 ext. 235, Rebecca Hanlin, 870-741-2089, or mail check to Ozark Opportunities, Inc. P.O. Box 1400, Harrison AR 72602, and write “micro-shelter project” in the memo line. Donors that contribute $1,000 or more will have their name and/or logo included on a brass plate that will be affixed to the micro-shelter.