LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A sudden blast of another round of winter weather left several people in a tough and unpredictable situation. "It was pretty bad for a lot of folks," says one homeless man. He asked us to not show his face-is homeless. He tells us several Little Rock city resources like the Jericho Way Day Resource Center were closed on Monday, leaving many people with nowhere to go, except the Salvation Army.
"The numbers were consistently higher yesterday," Captain Roger Glick with the Salvation Army explains. Glick says they typically do not offer lunch but seeing the large amount of homeless encouraged them to open their doors Monday. He continues, "We are here many times as a last resort for people."
Many homeless people expressed concern to THV. Wanting to know just why the city's resources created to protect the homeless from the element were not open when people needed them the most. So we took those concerns to City Hall, looking for answers.
Assistant City Manager Bryan Day says, "Road conditions yesterday we felt were unsafe for not only city staff but also for the client, the homeless themselves." Day goes on to say, based on previous experience the homeless had other places to go. "We know that the three existing shelters have plenty of space and plenty of beds and they open and serve as that refuge, serve as that temporary shelter," he adds.