LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 27, 2017) – The City of Little Rock has opened four warming centers and is closely watching the weather to help keep vulnerable residents safe and warm.
“We have been monitoring the forecast, and with temperatures dropping to below freezing, we made the call to have our four designated warming centers open,” City Manager Bruce Moore said. “City staff will continue to watch the weather and have prepared a contingency in case the warming centers need to open over the weekend when most are typically not staffed.”
Each of the warming centers will be open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand at each of these facilities to assist residents and provide them with a place to get out of the cold. The centers will also have water and snacks. Also available at the warming centers will be hand and foot warmers.
Moore said City Code Enforcement Officers will also have hand warmers to pass out to the unsheltered residents they encounter while working in neighborhoods around the city.
The four warming centers are:
Dunbar Community Center
1001 West 16th Street
East Little Rock Community Center
2500 East 6th Street
Southwest Community Center
6401 Baseline Road
West Central Community Center
4521 John Barrow Road
Other resources for those who are unsheltered include:
Jericho Way Day Resource Center, 3000 Springer Blvd., 501-916-9859
Watershed Family Resource Center, 3701 Springer Blvd., 501-378-0176
The Salvation Army, 1111 W. Markham St., 501-374-9296
For a more detailed list of services, including 24-hour shelters, contact Chris Porter, the City's Homeless Services Advocate at 501-379-1596 (office), 501-353-4610 (cell) or email@example.com.
Some of the City's four-legged residents are also among the vulnerable during extremely cold temperatures. The Little Rock Animal Village will respond to calls for service for homeless residents with pets in need of shelter during normal business hours – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a homeless citizen arrives at a shelter with a pet that requires shelter City staff can be reached at 501-376-3067 or 501-371-4829 for non-emergency calls.
Animals will receive vaccinations, needed medical care, food and indoor shelter. The pet owner's information will be taken and the owner will be contacted to schedule pickup after the temperature rises.
Mayor Mark Stodola said the City works hard to meet residents' needs.
“We want to not just be a great city, but a great community, one where people look out for each other – especially the most vulnerable among us,” Stodola said.