By Michael Adkison, The Razorback Reporter
Published July 13, 2020
How do you count the homeless?
Writer Michael Adkison of The Razorback Reporter dove into the details of how the government arrives at a census of the homeless population in Northwest Arkansas — a method replicated by many other communities — revealing a flaw in the point-in-time census method that results in numerous homeless individuals in Northwest Arkansas not being counted. That contributes to faulty data in homeless population counts.
“You can have someone who’s homeless 364 days out of the year,” said Cassidy Dutton, a collaborator with the Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care, “but they stay at a friend’s house that one night, we don’t count them. And that doesn’t sound right.”