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How do people become homeless?

People become homeless in response a vast variety of circumstances. The most important are a crisis of some sort, such as a home fire.  Others are loss of employment, change in family status and health problems. Veterans make up  36% of the homeless population in NWA.  Children under 18 comprise 54% of all the homeless in NWA.

Is 7hills a shelter where homeless people go to sleep and eat mostly at night?

No. 7hills is primarily a Day Center where individuals and families in crisis can get basic daily needs met and develop a plan to regain self-sufficiency. Located at 1832 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville, the Day Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Is 7hills funded by the government?

7hills currently operates with an annual budget of about $1.5 million dollars. Less than 50% comes from state and/or federal government.  Our primary source of funding is through the generosity of individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.

Does 7hills serve the homeless population of Fayetteville only?

Homeless and near homeless individuals and families from all over Northwest Arkansas come to our facilities for help. Only about 50% are from Washington County.  The remaining 50% come primarily from Benton County.  Seven Hills served approximately 3,760 individuals and families this past year.

Did the 7hills Center at the Church on Martin Luther King Blvd close?

The 7hills Day Center moved from the Martin Luther King Blvd location to a new site on 1832 S. School Ave.

What services are offered at the 7hills Center location on Martin Luther King Blvd?

The 7hills Day Center at 1832 S. School Avenue offers services to men, women and children.  It is a place to get the resources they need to get jobs, housing, food, and clothing.  The day center also offers showers, internet service and telephone access and many other things most of us take for granted.  Additionally, the Day Center offers a wide variety of counseling services for clients.

What services does the 7hills facility just off Huntsville Road offer?

In 2008 the Walker Family Residential Community was added to the 7hills organization to provide Transitional Housing for individuals and families. Clients build life skills and save toward permanent housing.  There are 16 efficiency apartments for individuals and three 3 bedroom/2bath units for families with children. The WFRC also provides permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals.  Eight studio apartments allow residents to access stable, affordable housing with services aimed at increasing health, wellness, and the abilities and opportunities to make meaningful use of their time.  This past year nearly 6% of our adult residents were Veterans. The WFRC is located at 828 Seven Hills Court on Huntsville Road in Fayetteville.

Is it true 7hills attracts homeless people to Fayetteville and that without it there would be little or no homeless problem?

NWA has been attracting thousands of people for jobs and the quality of life for many years.  As in any other community, some of these people have encountered unexpected and difficult economic and other challenges.  Since the economic downturn, the numbers of people needing assistance to avoid homelessness or to deal with homelessness has increased significantly.  More than 95% of the clients 7hills served this past year were from Northwest Arkansas.

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