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Homelessness hard to gauge

How groups count can vary

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 2:25 a.m.

NWA Media/MICHAEL WOODS --01/31/2013-- Kristin Kelly, a volunteer with the University of Arkansas, talks to a homeless couple Thursday morning at the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville during the churches community meals lunch. Kelly was one of many volunteers collecting statistics on the homeless population in Northwest Arkansas. University of Arkansas professor Kevin Fitzpatrick, with the Community and Family Institute, organized a group of volunteers to conduct this year’s count. The updated count will be taken over a 24-hour period Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in more than two dozen locations across Washington and Benton counties.

Vicki White’s 19-year-old daughter, Samantha, is pregnant with twins. If the babies’ daddy, James Pool, 28, doesn’t find a job soon, the pair could be moving into Vicki White’s two-bedroom apartment in Springdale.

Homeless in Benton and Washington counties

The biennial collection of statistics on the homeless in Northwest Arkansas is taking place during a 24-hour period January 31 and February 1 in more that 20 locations. A large number were documented at the Thursday Community Meal program at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. University of Arkansas professor Kevin Fitzpatrick, with the Community and Family Institute, organized a group of volunteers to conduct this year's count. (By David Gottschalk)
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