Northwest Arkansas holds sixth homeless count amid local, national transitions
Expensive medical emergencies, job loss and substance abuse all can leave someone homeless, but for Ronnie King, it started with a divorce about a decade ago.
It’s a good arrangement while it lasts, he said.
“If a lot of people had a place to lay their head at night, I believe they’d try to work and better themselves,” King said. “It just gives you that inner peace.”
King was among hundreds of people targeted by the region’s sixth biennial homelessness census Thursday, a 24-hour snapshot of the problem done by the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute. Scores of volunteers fanned out to about three dozen churches, shelters and pantries in Benton and Washington counties to tally perhaps thousands of people who don’t have homes of their own.
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