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Homelessness tally omits some people in Arkansas, across country

HUD count leaves out couch surfers, those staying with friends, relatives

By Ginny Monk

This article was originally published May 6, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 7, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson takes his seat before testifying before a House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.


Northwest Arkansas homeless counts compared with federally regulated homeless counts

Our House Executive Director Ben Goodwin.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore

The federal housing agency's definition of "homeless" excludes children and people who couch surf or double up with friends or relatives, but Ben Carson, the agency's head, said on a visit to Arkansas last week that "if you don't have a home, you're homeless."


Northwest Arkansas homeless counts compared with federally regulated homeless counts

Our House Executive Director Ben Goodwin.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore

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Razrbak says... May 6, 2018 at 8:59 a.m.

The LR mayor has said that there are functionally few homeless in Little Rock, especially homeless veterans. Why then is city manager Bruce Moore sending employees, on the taxpayers dime, to Chicago to learn how to count something we don't have? #TimeForChange #CleanOutLRCityHall

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RBear says... May 7, 2018 at 11:25 a.m.

Completely agree Razrbak. We are about to enter the LR municipal season when Stodola will finally be held accountable for his action or lack thereof. Our city has stagnated and the constant missteps in addressing the homeless population has led to Stodola declaring we "don't have a problem." We need a mayor and board who will address the issues first hand and not sit in meetings ignoring it.
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The best way to understand the issues of the homeless is to spend a night with them. In San Antonio, three council members did so by joining one of the local homeless advocates and spent a night with the homeless, learning about their issues. Those nights out helped shape policy changes and resourcing to address the issues. For some reason, I can't visualize a single one of the current Little Rock board taking the same action. Well, maybe Kathy Webb.
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It's time for a change on a board that has an average tenure of almost 20 years.

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