Census Shows Over Half of NWA Homeless Population is 18 & Under

KNWA/FOX 24 — The spread of homelessness in Northwest Arkansas has slowed, according to the latest homeless census.

University of Arkansas researchers conducted the survey at the end of January. According to the preliminary results, there are 2,459 homeless people in Washington and Benton Counties. According to sociology professor Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, those results show an increase of about 1.5% from 2013 which is the slowest growth between any two years since the census began in 2007. Fitzpatrick and his team conduct the census every two years.

The census shows 54% of those who are homeless are children under 18. The survey also shows Bentonville and Fayetteville have the largest K-12 homeless population.

Fitzpatrick says of the 512 adults interviewed face-to-face for the survey, 37% are veterans and 10% are unsheltered.

More details from the survey are expected to be released in the coming months.

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