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What is H3ARC

H3ARC is an acronym for the three H's that Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are aiming to fix. Those three H's are, "Housing, Health and Human Services." The ARC stands for "Alliance of Rutherford County." 

general membership

The general membership of H3ARC meets quarterly. The meetings are open to the public and held in the Murfreesboro City Hall Council Chamber room. 

  • January 18, 2018 at 2pm
  • April 19, 2018 at 2pm
  • July 19, 2018 at 2pm
  • October 18, 2018 at 2pm

Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC)

March 2018

The Organization: The Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC) is a 501(c)3 public charity committed to promoting and maintaining a safe community for the citizens of Rutherford County.  H3ARC member organizations support low income, elderly, homeless, formerly incarcerated and recovery court citizens with services to address physical health, mental health, housing, educational opportunities and job skills as well as other wrap around services. We are the local HUD organization authorized as the Continuum of Care agency (CoC) with the City as the collaborative partner.  As the CoC, we have received grants under the direction and oversight of Murfreesboro Housing Authority and the City of Murfreesboro.  

The mission of H3ARC is to connect individuals and families in Rutherford County with access, opportunities and supportive services for housing, healthcare, and economic self-sufficiency through collaboration, partnership and advocacy.  The goal of H3ARC is to create an efficient system of services for clients experiencing barriers to housing stability, economic self-sufficiency and personal and social wellness (or wholeness) in order to become reintegrated into mainstream community life.  By providing a platform for provider collaboration, we reduce duplication and increase the breadth of services. 

History:  H3ARC began as a small Homeless Task Force convened in 1996 by Mayor Joe B. Jackson and has evolved into the current alliance of over fifty-member agencies and churches. (For a complete history please see attachment). 

Governing Structure: H3ARC is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of twelve members. Eight members are elected by the General Membership for staggered three-year terms.  The annual election is held at the January General Membership Meeting.  Additional members are the Mayor of Murfreesboro (or designee), the Mayor of Rutherford County (or designee), Murfreesboro Housing Authority Executive Director (or designee), and the Chairman of the Consumer Council.  Members of the Consumer Council are persons who are homeless or have been homeless. There are five Working Groups in which members are expected to participate:  Planning, Membership & Advocacy, Consumer Council, Project Review & Ranking, and Service Delivery. The Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County websites each contain a link for more information about H3ARC.  Currently 59 public, nonprofit and faith based organizations are members. (Attached is a list of the 2018 Executive Committee members and 59 organization members.) 

Problem Statement: Rutherford County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States with over 300,000 people. It is a vibrant, culturally diverse community.  According to Rutherford Works, the total number of households in Rutherford County is 117,744 with a median household income of $64,982.   However, 41.9% households have income less than $50,000, with 17.3% less than $25,000.  It is even more evident in our county schools with 40% of the students on free/reduced lunch.  From a systems perspective, we know that issues such as housing instability, education level, mental and physical health issues, past trauma, interaction with the criminal justice system, current relationship issues (domestic violence, divorce, households led by single parents), and substance abuse can be barriers to self sufficiency.  Through the mandated Coordinated Entry process, H3ARC is building a system to provide guidance, resources, and referrals for members.  As an umbrella organization, H3ARC has an opportunity to enhance provider collaboration and reduce duplication of services.