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Little Rock, activist spar over homeless camps

By Chelsea Boozer

This article was published January 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The city of Little Rock and the founder of an organization that serves the homeless are at odds again over the city's practice of posting eviction notices at sites of homeless camps when citizens make complaints.

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Jfish says... January 13, 2018 at 7:01 a.m.

Sounds like the City (taxpayers) is doing its share to help these people out. When there are no trash or restroom facilities, you can imagine what an encampment looks like after just a few days. Reddin needs to understand that he cannot save the world and work with the City and those homeless who are willing to cooperate.

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arkateacher54 says... January 13, 2018 at 8:34 a.m.

Somebody needs to tell this Reddin fellow that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

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Nodmcm says... January 13, 2018 at 8:36 a.m.

Activists will use Facebook to destroy the city administration. Note how the city responds to Facebook posts with an article posted in the state newspaper. Hey, the Russians use Facebook to elect their pals and cronies across the globe. Maybe its about time to rethink the Internet and apps like Facebook and Twitter. Don't you think they have caused us enough trouble? Are we going to let anyone, yes, anyone, post whatever they want just as if they have their own newspaper printing press? That is exactly what is happening here.

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drs01 says... January 13, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.

If Reddin is truly concerned about homeless people, then TAKE THEM HOME WITH YOU AND ENCOURAGE ALL YOUR FACEBOOK SUPPORTERS TO TAKE ONE TOO. If you don't do this then your just another damn hypocrite trying to make a buck at the expense of the unfortunate.

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NoUserName says... January 13, 2018 at 10:51 a.m.

The city should evict the homeless from EVERY friggin' highway exit ramp.

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DoubleBlind says... January 13, 2018 at 12:17 p.m.

Panhandling was just deemed a 1A right so those with signs asking for help are not going anywhere. And while Mr. Reddin may not be the diplomat some feel he should be, he does a great deal for the homeless in LR and is to be commended. No matter how you slice it, it’s inhumane to turn these people out in the dead of winter without providing safe shelter for them.

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LR1955 says... January 13, 2018 at 12:34 p.m.

THey don’t want to no "s***hole" shelter.....

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RBear says... January 13, 2018 at 4:28 p.m.

drs I guess that means you don't care about the homeless?
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Having talked to a few who have worked with the homeless there are issues with coordination and resources. The concerns expressed to Porter by the homeless regarding pets and other conditions are things that can be addressed provided everyone works together. San Antonio had similar issues, but developed a coalition of agencies to help address all the needs. There is even a special homeless shelter for veterans who have challenges sometimes different from the general homeless population.
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Oh, and I see the right winger folks seem to have no compassion in their comments, just hatred and vitriol.

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drs01 says... January 13, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.

Rbear - what I don't care about is those who earn a living claiming to be advocates for the homeless. And I don't appreciate seeing these so-called homeless at every major intersection in this city. It's like someone is selling "will work for food franchise locations" to them. There must be a real problem with aggressive panhandlers downtown if the Dem-Gaz staff comments on it. And for those who are obsessed with revitalization efforts downtown this problem must give them heartburn.
The problem with homeless is the same with any welfare program. It's hard to sort out the real needy from the worthless bums. So, I don't try.
There are plenty of churches who could address this problem rather than sending missionaries to some third world nation.

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RBear says... January 13, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.

drs, easiest way for you to sort them out is to actually work with them. Our House needs volunteers all the time. You don't have to take someone in to help the homeless. Oh, and those homeless programs need staff to help those they serve. You have to pay them or they end up being homeless themselves. You evidently don't spend enough time volunteering otherwise you'd get that concept.

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