On Monday, the Community and Family Institute is located in the University of Arkansasʼ Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice released the final Northwest Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census Report.
We would ask everyone in Northwest Arkansas take the time to read the final & full report as this may be one of our greatest tools in serving those who are homeless in Northwest Arkansas.
You can download the report by following this link
Summary of 2011 Point-in-Time Census
- Numbers. It is estimated that on any given night approximately 2,001 adults and youth in Benton and Washington Counties are homeless.
- Basic demographics 437 adults were interviewed for the 2011 Point-in-Time Census. The median age of respondents was 40 years. About two-thirds of the sample, (63%) was between the ages of 25 and 54. Men comprised 58 percent of the survey respondents. Eighty-one percent of respondents were Caucasian/White, 7 percent were African-American/Black, with the remaining 12 percent comprised of other racial and ethnic categories; 7.8 percent of respondents were Hispanic.
- Housing status. While approximately 1 percent of respondents were actually interviewed on the street, interviews conducted in local soup kitchens, day centers and food banks revealed that 8 percent of homeless adults spent the previous night on the streets. The most common living situations included doubling up/staying with a friend or relative (26%),treatment facilities (20%), and transitional housing (17%).
- Family structure. Sixty-three percent of homeless persons were single adults. Of those in families, 7 percent were couples without children, 11 percent were couples with children, 16 percent were one parent families with children, and 2.5 percent were in some other family arrangement.
- Time spent homeless. The median time spent homeless was 5 months. Seventy-three percent reported that this was their first time being homeless in the last three years. More than one-quarter of those interviewed reported a second or third homeless episode in the last three years.
- Services used and service gaps. The most frequently received services were food assistance (72%), medication assistance (32%), substance abuse treatment (32%), clothing assistance (46%), case management (43%), and transportation assistance (27%).
- Regarding service gaps, the services most commonly needed, but not currently being received were: job training and assistance (24%), housing placement assistance (26%), transportation assistance (31%), and medication assistance (26%).
- Chronic homelessness. Twenty-seven percent of respondents were chronically homeless. Of the number of respondents who said they suffered from at least one chronic condition, 44 percent classified themselves as chronic substance abusers, 28 percent reported having a mental illness, 27 percent reported a physical disability, 14 percent were domestic violence victims, and 9 percent had a developmental disability. Of the total number of homeless persons interviewed, more than 20 percent reported two or more of these conditions.
- Military service. Twenty-five percent of homeless adults reported prior service in the military; nearly 30 percent of those veterans saw active combat. The majority of these homeless veterans were older, single males.
- Prevalence. Overall, the number of homeless persons in Benton and Washington Counties increased 36 percent between 2009 and 201, from 1,287 to 2,001. The number of homeless youth increased by more than 39 percent.
- Age. The median age of homeless adults was similar 41 (2009) and 40 (2011), with notable jumps in the numbers of persons age 55 and older.
- Race/Ethnicity. The racial composition was very similar to that recorded in 2009 though the diversity was less than in 2009. The number of Hispanic adults dropped slightly between 2009-2011.
- Housing status. The percentage of people making use of emergency shelter continued to decline from 37 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2009 and 14 percent in 2011. At the same time, there was a substantial increase in those reporting doubling up from 18 percent in 2009 to 26 percent in 2011.
- Family structure. In the 2-year period from 2009 to 2011, there was an increase in the percentage of homeless adults who reported being single without children, from 57 percent to 64 percent.
- Frequency and duration of homeless episodes. There was a 48 percent decline in the average number of homeless episodes in the previous 3-year period among adults, from 2.5 in 2007 to 1.3 in 2009. That number changed only slightly in 2011 (1.4). However, the median length of
homelessness remained the same as in 2009–5 months.
- Service gap. Significant gains were made in narrowing the service delivery gap in a number of areas. The percentage of respondents who reported using case management services in 2009 nearly doubled to those using it in 2011. Likewise, those receiving medical treatment in 2009 (17%) doubled in 2011 (35%). The service delivery gap continued to be significant in 2011 as it was in 2009 for job training, medication, and transportation assistance.
- Chronic homelessness. The rate of chronic homelessness among adults declined from 32 percent in 2009 to 27 percent in 2011.
- Chronic conditions. There were only minor changes in chronic conditions reported between persons reporting such condition in 2009 compared to 2011. Over 40% continued reporting substance abuse problems, and more than one-quarter reported problems with a physical or mental disability.
- Homeless veterans. The percentage of adult homeless who reported prior military services jumped increased slightly from 24 to 25 percent between 2009 and 2011.
For more information on the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute, please visit their website at http://sociology.uark.edu/3550.php
For more information on how you can help serve the homeless people in Northwest Arkansas, you can serve with Seven Hills Homeless Center, Samaritan Community Center, Lifesource, NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter or at Laundry Love Project’s throughout NW Arkansas.
December’s Cobblestone Project Green Room was a great evening in a new great location. The Green Room was held at the Cobblestone Project D.C. (distribution & collection) space that will be used to support the various initiatives of the Cobblestone Project and other Non-Profit agencies & initiatives (i.e. Our Step).
December’s Green Room covered the Our Step Christmas Matching Gift Opportunity, the goals & objectives of the D.C., Cobblestone Project Volunteer Hub and time for initiative breakouts.
Next Green Room will be on January 17th at the Cobblestone Project D.C (if there is room).
Photos courtesy of JoshuaSegraves.com
Sunday’s Green Room provide an opportunity to determine the support coming out of the 1,287 event, review current initiatives and set a couple new things in motion.
We spent a little time covering the events of the past month to include:
- 1,287 Event
- 1,287 Survey Results
- The other activities that took place while
It was an encouraging evening at the Green Room as ideas flew across the room from people with sincere hearts wanting to make a difference in their communities. Plans were shared, connections where made and some beautiful things emerged.
Here is a small list of the next steps that people will be working on over the coming weeks…so incredible.
This list of next steps also provide a chance for people to plug in and be a part of these ideas becoming reality. If you see anything that catches your email, please take a minute to reach out to the point of contact listed below for more information.
We also put together a short video of the first Green Room
Connecting with other Salons & Stylists
- Fayetteville is now on board through The Parlor
- We have short list of other stylists we are already associated with to call
Continue working with Mia Bella Salon to explore ways to fund our minimal costs
- Donation bucket at cash register…maybe help with GNFD too?
- Day of haircuts at Mia Bella Salon when profit goes to Shear Kindness
- Jewelry fundraiser with clients at Mia Bella Salon
Consider expanding to other events/organizations as more stylists come on board
- Coordination with Laundry Love Project
- Connection to High School Proms?
- Two high school girls interested to head this up.
- Make-up donated from Well-Quest along with a make-up artist who has volunteered to help.
- Connection with counselor from Fayetteville High who has been doing this prom thing for a couple of years
Point of Contact: Brittney Moore (email@example.com)
- Work with local resturants to host a Cobblestone Project night in which they donate a % of their profits in exchange for Cobblestone Project raising awareness of their business (already have one resturant on board)
- Scott Page from Fellowship Bible Church would like to announce in Sunday Rogers Community Serivce and approach small community groups for sponsorship and meals
Coordinate with Good Neighbor Food Drive to bring donated canned goods to LLP to be given away to those in need.
Point of Contact:
- Fayetteville: Ryan & Julie Rusch
- Rogers: Josh & Jennifer Arkins
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Improve Tactical Capabilities
- Obtain city maps (BV/Rogers/B’ville/Lowell/Springdale/Fayetteville/etc) that show where subdivisions/neighborhoods are located w/in a city (similar to how a political election).
- Look at the topography of a map…mark out subs that have participated…and you can see those that haven’t
- Create quarterly goals to add existing GNFD’s to our base each year with the long term vision of getting all subdivision within a county to participate in bi-annually.
- The tactic above will work collaboratively with the current spreading of GNFD via word or mouth/social networking
- Washington County GNFD’s will occur on a quarterly basis
- Benton County GNFD’s will occur monthly (targeting the last Sat/Sun of the month)
- Building of GNFD brand (working with Henry to solidify/create)
- Brand recognition will help bring in corporate support…especially as it relates to the Grocery/Can Good Match program vision
Identify new GNFD channels (execution of such being discussed)
- GNFD Rivalry Week (example: B’ville vs. Rogers Football…big weigh in at half-time)
- GNFD Birthday Parties
- GNFD Golf Tournament
- Work with network of friends/family outside of NW Arkansas to help support the GNFD service project initiative in their communities
- Portland/Tampa Bay/San Antonio/Little Rock
- Promotion of GNFD within a NWA business…what does that look like? Destiny mentioned she was given the green light at the hotel she works at to place GNFD donation
- Collection center and possibly small GNFD awareness message at the hotel front desk. Since she interacts with business travelers from all over the country…could that message be in the form of a GNFD postcard placement that could further grow GNFD nationally?
Partnering with Food Banks and Initiative Partners
- Work to obtain letters from our food bank/shelter partners that validate in their words what we have accomplished together with our community of neighbors
- Homeless/Laundry Love Project – Sharing food donations directly with the disadvantaged at Laundry Love/taken directly into the woods for those living in tents?
Point of Contact: Gabe & Michelle Rodriguez (email@example.com)
Don’t miss the next Cobblestone Project Green Room on March 15th starting @ 5:30 p.m. Visit the Green Room page for more info.
Times are getting more difficult here in NW Arkansas…actions plans being developed at Cobblestone Project Green Room
Times are becoming more difficult here in NW Arkansas and this article from Sunday’s paper seems to demonstrate this very clearly.
It’s a sobering article that demonstrates the need is great and will become greater.
The Cobblestone Project will be discussing this article, brainstorming ways to make a difference and offering the opportunity for people to get plugged in at the upcoming “Cobblestone Project Green Room” on Feb 22nd @ 5:30 p.m. in Rogers.
Visit the Green Room page on the website for more information.