Arbor House

permanent supportive housing

Arbor House provides permanent supportive housing for single women and women with children. It is part of St Francis House in Gainesville, Florida.

Objectives and Goals

Through case management and a safe facility, Arbor House provides permanent supportive housing for families, not just the person. Mothers with children receive case management. Learning life skills, getting education, acquiring job placement, and providing child care combine to help them reach self-sufficiency.

Arbor House exterior
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Resident requirements

  • Residents pay a portion of rent up to 30% of their income
  • All applicants provide a background check

Staff are onsite 24 hours daily

Application Process for Residency

Each applicant leases their occupancy. Occupancy is provided when residents agree to contribute to residency rules, as well as their families transition to permanent housing.
Leases run for six months with an option to renew for another xix months upon approval from the program director and the case manager.

Four steps to residency

  • A preliminary screening of applicant(s) by the case manager or any member of support staff determine their program compatibility.
  • Applicant(s) meet with the case manager to continue the application process. Rules are reviewed and prospective residents are given a tour of the facility.
  • When a background check is completed and applicant is approved, a time to move is scheduled.
  • The lease is signed on or before move-in day, when a new resident is given a key to their room and introduced to staff and residents.

Funding Sources

  • City of Gainesville
  • Alachua County
  • State of Florida
  • Federal Government
  • Local churches and businesses