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[5 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 4,004 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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[1 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 3,460 views]
‘Snowmageddon’ done social media style

Well, the weather was at it again. The day before some groundhog named Phil is supposed to determine our seasonal fate, yet another bad winter storm hit Northwest Arkansas. The snow totals are as little as one inch near Fort Smith and as much as about 10 inches in northwest Benton County. The problem is, ice fell before the snow-making the roads even more treacherous. Schools and many businesses closed. Flights to and from many area airports were canceled.
As is the norm for just about any major (and minor) event, …

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[1 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 2,979 views]
Census to give snapshot view of NWA homeless

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-As thousands of people in Northwest Arkansas lie safe in their warm beds, there are many who don’t have that opportunity.
A census completed last week will share just how many that is, and coordinators think the number of homeless people in Benton and Washington County will increase drastically from the last census.
The point-in-time census was coordinated by the University of Arkansas’ Community and Family Institute, directed by Kevin Fitzpatrick. Volunteers went to various locations throughout the two counties to ask detailed questions of people who don’t have a home …