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Little Rock officials announced Friday that they will try to reduce street homelessness by 25 percent in Ward 1 by 2020, the first step in a partnership with a global group that is striving to end street homelessness in 150 cities by 2030.

The Institute of Global Homelessness has partnered with eight “vanguard cities” so far. Little Rock will join Chicago as the second city in the United States. Other cities are Adelaide, Australia; Edmonton, Canada; Glasgow, Scotland; Greater Manchester, United Kingdom; Rijeka, Croatia; and Tshwane, South Africa.

“They’re a resource,” city manager Bruce Moore said. “This is the work they do every day.”

Moore and city director Capi Peck, Ward 4, went to Chicago to meet with institute leaders in the spring.

At a morning meeting with service providers and city officials, representatives from the institute outlined plans to achieve the goal. The first step will be to count the homeless in the city.

After that, a steering committee that has not yet been selected will examine what work is being done in Little Rock and why people become homeless in the city and try to divert people away from homelessness.

The 2017 census of the homeless in the Little Rock metropolitan area showed that there were about 990 homeless people in Lonoke, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties. Just over half of those did not have regular shelter.

Dame Louise Casey, the advisory committee chairwoman at the institute, said the eventual goal is to end homelessness overall.

“You in Little Rock now carry a responsibility not only to Little Rock, but to your country and the rest of the world,” Casey said of the partnership.

See Saturday’s Democrat-Gazette for the full story.

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Archived Comments

  • TheBatt
    November 2, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

    What is this organization’s track record?

  • John2001
    November 2, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.

    Why people become homeless?
    Going out on a limb...
    1) Drug & Alcohol addiction
    2) Mental health issues

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    November 2, 2018 at 2:36 p.m.

    Once the count of the homeless is done what happens then ? more shelters ? where is the money coming from ?

  • CarpeNoctis
    November 2, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

    3) Health issues that forced them into bankruptcy and losing their home.

    4) There by the grace of god/dess go you and I.

  • Jfish
    November 2, 2018 at 4:07 p.m.

    This only works with people who want to help themselves.

  • Razrbak
    November 2, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.

    Why did the Ward 4 director go to the out-of-state meeting if the program is not going to be implemented in her ward but in Ward 1? What a waste of taxpayer funds. If this group of outsiders thinks they can come here and end homelessness and Bruce Moore believes them, then he need to move to Syracuse with his befouled friend Kenton Tremar Buckner.

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