NWA homeless skyrockets by 36 percent
The 2011 Northwest Arkansas Homeless Census is complete and preliminary results are not good. The number of homeless in NWA has risen to more than 2,000 people, up 36 percent from 1,287 two years ago.
Here’s what coordinator Kevin Fitzpatrick had to say in the preliminary report:
“The 2011 point-in-time (PIT) homeless census in Northwest Arkansas is completed and the news, as expected, is not good. In the midst of the most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression, the number of homeless in Northwest Arkansas increased from an estimated 1,287 in 2009 to 2,001 (36 percent) in 2011. The rise is alarming but not surprising as service providers throughout the region report record numbers of persons being served.”
The full report is expected soon, including what services are needed to better meet the needs of homeless people.
Homeless preliminary report (2-page PDF)
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