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    Posted January 7, 2010 by
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
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    Extreme Cold Causing Crisis for Homeless in NW Arkansas


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BarbRad has been closely following the story of this homeless shelter since cold weather first hit the northwest Arkansas area. She told me, 'I drove home on Interstate 540 through sleet. I and the few cars and many trucks crawled carefully through the sleet. Those poor people at the shelter would have been out in that sleet if they had not had a place to go.'
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    As the Canadian storm front descended on NW Arkansas Wednesday night (Jan. 6, 2010), Seven Hills Homeless Center, a day facility for the homeless, opened its doors as a night shelter from the arctic blast causing temperatures to dip into the single digits and wind chills to hit  -8 degrees.


    NW Arkansas has a homeless population estimated to be about 1300, many of whom choose to live in tents hidden among trees near the University of Arkansas, while others bounce between the streets and Salvation Army shelters.  Seven Hills Homeless Center exists to end homelessness by helping homeless people deal with the issues that keep them homeless.


    "However," says Seven Hills Director Jon Woodward, "for the foreseeable future, our plan is to keep our clients and all the homeless people in NW Arkansas safe and warm.  You can't help people if they are freezing."

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