For Immediate Release
February 15, 2021
Contact: Yolanda Fields
Community Resources Director
City Funding, Partnerships Provide Ongoing Cold-Weather Relief Services
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– In anticipation of community needs arising from the unprecedented and extreme winter weather that began last week, the City of Fayetteville provided partner organizations with $50,000 in cold-weather support service funding for people experiencing homelessness.
The funding, which came from the City’s Community Development Block Grant program, was provided to Seven Hills, who is working with Salvation Army of NWA to provide services that include daytime and overnight warming centers, hotel vouchers, food and supplies. These organizations continue putting funding to use by keeping people warm, fed and safe from the cold as extreme weather is ongoing across the region.
The City’s $50,000 cold-weather response funding has been budgeted by Seven Hills in the following ways:
- $22,500 for cold weather sheltering (warming centers, hotel vouchers)
- $11,500 for Safe Camp and supplies
- $10,000 for case management, outreach and shelter coordination
- $6,000 for transportation
To date, all community members experiencing homelessness who have sought cold-weather relief and services have received help. Services continue to be available in Fayetteville, and warming centers/hotel vouchers can be accessed by contacting Seven Hills or Salvation Army:
- Seven Hills/St. James Missionary: 479-966-4378
- Salvation Army: 479-521-2151
“On behalf of the City, I want to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to our cold weather sheltering partners,” said Community Resources Director Yolanda Fields. “Seven Hills, Salvation Army, NWA Continuum of Care and our incredible community have all pitched in to help those who need it most during this winter storm. Our ability to work together is part of what makes Fayetteville a great place to live.”
For more information on the City’s Community Development Block Grant program, please go to https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/648/Community-Development-Block-Grant-CDBG.