In December, the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office conducted two inspections and found the building was not in compliance with state code.
On Tuesday, the office posted an Emergency Notice on the front door of the building declaring it not in compliance with code.
House of Hope Assistant Director Brian Rosano told The Brazil Times the inspections were conducted after a former resident contacted the state.
"(The resident) lodged a complaint with the state," Rosano said.
House of Hope Director Pete LaTrenta was unavailable to comment on the situation.
House of Hope purchased the property in 1999 and was given occupancy by the City of Brazil. While the organization considers itself a church, the state sees it differently.
Rosano said the state sees the center as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, which Rosano said is only a part of its mission, referring to it as a Bible mission program.
However, he added after the organization was given the right to occupy its current facility, the process of reclassifying never took place.
"It wasn't properly done," Rosano said.
As a result, inspection findings found several items not currently up to state code, including the building fire safety system (an alarm system, handicap exits, sprinkler system, etc.).
Rosano said there are also electrical and plumbing issues, among other items.
"We need an overhaul of the building, more or less," Rosano said.
Indiana State Fire Marshal's office public information officer Emily Norcross confirmed the February closure, saying there were "six reasons" for the emergency order.
She added that until Feb. 3, a certified Indiana firefighter would have to be on the grounds.
"That's really a last resort," Norcross said.
Norcross added all persons will be "required to leave," the building Feb. 4, and be prohibited from entering it.
House of Hope is a faith ministry affiliated with Mission Teens, Inc., based in New Jersey. The organization was founded by Rev. James D. Bracken in 1969 and currently has 15 programs across the country.
Currently, Rosano said there are 35 residents occupying the building from various counties in Indiana -- including Clay -- and other states.
Resident directors met with them Wednesday to explain the situation.
Resident Director Ken Williams said they told them three facilities in Arkansas, Tennessee and Michigan have space available if the residents chose to relocate there.
Otherwise, many will have to return to their homes. Williams added approximately 30 percent of the residents stay at the facility via court mandate. Some of them, he said, may have to go back to jail.
"It's not like they're going to be put out on the streets with nowhere to go," Williams said. "We plan on making the repairs."
"It's scary for them," Rosano said. "This just got dropped into their lap."
Rosano said on Feb. 4, the state would re-classify the building as a multi-family dwelling that can house 10 associates.
Norcross confirmed the fire marshal's office and House of Hope have agreed to the proposed reclassification.
"Both the fire marshal and the building owners have," she said.
Rosano said they have been in contact with officials to get estimates on the cost of the repairs and have already started sending out information to donors for money.
While he said the facility has already received thousands of dollars in donations, hundreds of thousands will more than likely be needed and repairs may take months.
"We just started this week," Rosano said. "We have had some pretty substantial contributions from word of mouth."
He added the organization has no intentions of leaving its current facility, though that possibility was discussed.
"We're determined to stay in this location," Rosano said. "We are not going to close the building Feb. 4. Ten staff members will live here, serving the community.
"The program is closing. We're going to work to fix this problem. We are committed to this area. We have a network of more than 10,000 supporters."
Rosano said the organization would be applying for various grants and variances in the future while undertaking fundraising efforts.
"We want to find out what we need to do," he said. "But we need time and the resources to do it."
"This has been a good program," Williams added. "We've had more than a thousand people come through these doors. We feel confident everything will be OK."