Warm Hearts Saved Lives During Winter Blast

March 4, 2021


Warm Hearts Saved Lives During Winter Blast

In late February, the City of Fayetteville received federal approval to allocate $50,000 from its Community Development Block Grant program to use towards the city's homeless community affected by extreme winter weather conditions.

  • When sub-zero temperatures swept across the state in recent weeks, 7 Hills Homeless Center raised approximately $51,805 in one week to aid in the response.
  • In addition, volunteers with the Salvation Army, New Beginnings and Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care began outreach at camps and got people sheltered. SA shelters were open 24/7 in both Bentonville and Fayetteville. Food and transportation from hotels and shelters were also provided.
  • As a result, the 7 Hills center placed 103 people in Fayetteville hotels, logged more than 90 hours of outreach at camps, and totaled more than 200 bags of food delivered and 40 rides. -NWA Democrat-Gazette
  • "I don't think we should ever talk about homelessness without talking about that consensus in America - that housing is both a human right and that our elected leaders should do more to realize that right... Things don't have to be this way," said Solomon Burchfield with 7 Hill's New Beginnings program. -NWA Democrat-Gazette

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