Homeless advocates urge Little Rock City Board to stop evictions of camps | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Homeless advocates urge Little Rock City Board to stop evictions of camps

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 7:41 PM

A group of advocates for homeless residents gathered at tonight's Little Rock City Board meeting to object to an uptick in evictions of homeless camps around the city.

Aaron Reddin
of The One, who organized the effort, said the city has posted notices at four camps in the past few weeks demanding that people vacate the premises within five days. When the deadline runs out, code enforcement has in some cases thrown away people's belongings, he stated.

"We had a good talk with [Mayor Mark Stodola] yesterday and explained what these folks are up against. ... It kind of seemed to blow his mind and he agreed that it needed to stop. ... [But] we've been down this road with the city so many times, and it's time the city board did something," Reddin said. "We just want them to promise that they won't do any more of these sweeps or evictions without some kind of option for these folks."

Although the city has posted such eviction notices for quite some time, he said, enforcement has grown more aggressive lately. Reddin isn't sure why: "Nobody seems to give a straight answer about why they cranked up the heat." The city has recently hired a new homeless coordinator — a position that was unfilled for some time.

Jennifer Godwin, a spokesperson for the city, told a reporter before the board meeting that "the evictions have been suspended for now as we regroup and figure out the best approach going forward." There hasn't been an official change in city policy regarding evictions, she said. As to whether the city was throwing away people's belongings, Godwin said she wasn't aware of that happening. "Typically, they're given to Jericho Way [the city's day center for the homeless] ... but I don't know what happened in this particular situation."

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Benjamin Hardy

  • Senate bill imperils rural health care, hospital leaders warn

    In the four years since Arkansas chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Harris Medical Center in Newport has seen its “bad debt” — bills left unpaid by patients — cut in half. Eight percent of the 133-bed hospital’s patients fell into the bad debt category in 2013, the year before Arkansas created the hybrid Medicaid expansion program known as the private option (later rebranded by Governor Hutchinson as “Arkansas Works”). Today, that figure is 4 percent, according to Harris Medical Center CEO Darrin Caldwell.
    • Jul 13, 2017
  • Beyond repeal of Obamacare

    The proposed Medicaid cuts in the new U.S. Senate bill could impact coverage for 400,000 Arkansas children.
    • Jun 29, 2017
  • Study: Arkansas tops nation for percentage of rural children on Medicaid

    Almost two-thirds of children in Arkansas’s small towns and rural areas receive health care coverage through Medicaid, according to a report released Wednesday by researchers at Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina — the highest percentage of any state in the nation.
    • Jun 7, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation