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[5 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 4,002 views]
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 …

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[29 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 1,473 views]
‘Stand Up and Be Counted 2010′ coming to NWA Saturday

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS–The story began one year ago and continues this Saturday in Northwest Arkansas.
That story is the quest to raise public awareness about–and eventually end– homelessness in Arkansas and throughout the country.
In January 2009, the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute published a “point-in-time” homeless census that shared a staggering statistic that shocked many local residents. At that point, there were 1,287 homeless people (half of whom were children) living in Northwest Arkansas alone.
Last year, Mike Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, came to NWA to talk about homelessness and how …