University of Arkansas Police Clear Property, Homeless Seek Shelter

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA)– The University of Arkansas Police Department reported Tuesday there are zero homeless individuals on university property.

But with cold temperatures across the area, do they have proper shelter? 

Butch Cozine, said he stays warm by drinking coffee and staying at the Salvation Army and 7Hills.

But, not everyone finds a place to go.

Daniel Robertson, the 7Hills Day Center Coordinator, said he’s seen an increase of people that are desperate and just looking for a place to be safe.

He also said, “since the cold weather started earlier, we kind of found ourselves with not as much to hand out.”

He wants community members to put themselves in their shoes. 

“We get cold standing outside, you know for 5 minutes, imagine spending the entire night outside,” said Robertson.

Sgt. Tony Murphy of the Fayetteville Police Department said he’s seen an increase of the homeless population in places they shouldn’t be.

He said, “Our presence in the parks has been taken to another level over the past couple weeks.” 

Lt. Velasco of UAPD said they didn’t just remove the homeless off their property, they worked with local organizations to make sure they got the help they needed. 

The forecast shows Tuesday could be the coldest night of the season, so 7hills urges you to bring any supplies you can, especially blankets.

You can find them on 1031 College Ave. in Fayetteville, but to send donations, head to their Day Center at 1832 S. School Ave. 

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