NWA Continuum of Care Working to Address Homeless Issue

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Members of the Northwest Arkansas Community are taking notes from an Alabama community to address the growing homeless population in our region.

The Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care invited Eric Jefferson from the same organization in Mobile to discuss the success and what is working to tackle the issue there. The local organization met Tuesday morning at the Schmieding Center in Springdale. The COC is comprised of homeless service providers — like Seven Hills and Havenwood, churches, the VA and concerned community members.

“We’re hoping that more individuals will see that they’re not alone in this, that their fight is everybody’s fight,” Havenwood Executive Director Debbie Martin explained.

Martin said 25-hundred homeless people were identified in the most recent count taken, and about half of those are under the age of 18. To learn more about the issue and how to get involved, you can contact Martin at (479) 273-1060 or email her at debbie@nwahavenwood.org.

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