County Awarded Funding to Address Homelessness

There are approximately 894 households living sheltered or unsheltered in Central Arkansas.

Pulaski County Community Services was awarded two Emergency Solutions Grant projects totaling $50,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Rapid Re-Housing Project received $30,000. Assistance is only available to individuals who are currently homeless. The Homelessness Prevention Project received $20,000. Assistance is only available to individuals who are facing eviction or who are at risk of being homeless.

Community Services will distribute a survey to determine eligibility through CADC’s LIHEAP program starting January 22. Those who answer “yes” to one of four questions may be eligible and will be referred to Pulaski County Community Services.

“Our Community Services department works with the community at many levels to assist low-income residents find affordable housing,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “This $50,000 grant awarded by HUD will allow us to expand our services, by helping those who are at risk of becoming homeless and those currently without homes to get some necessary relief.  A disproportionate number of the state’s homeless population resides within Pulaski County, which is why it is incumbent upon us to address this issue head on.”

According to CATCH Arkansas’s 2017 Point in Time count, there are approximately 990 homeless persons (550 unsheltered and 440 sheltered) in Central Arkansas, of the total homeless persons, 84 are children.