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