JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Salvation Army in Jonesboro is pleading for the community to help house the homeless.
Region 8 News spoke with Lieutenant Curtis Saddler, who said they are at capacity.
The shelter at 800 Cate Avenue only houses 25 people and they have had to turn some away amid the blast of freezing temperatures.
Saddler said they need sleeping material, like sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, sheet and mostly cots so they can add additional sleeping space.
He said the shelter must have bedding to bring in more people.
Jonesboro city officials said Tuesday, there are roughly 150 homeless people in a three-county region with about one-third of those in Jonesboro.
Saddler asks local organizations and churches to open their doors as a warm place also.
"If you can house people we ask that you help to do that," Saddler said. "If you can donate cots so we can put more people up for the night and monetary donations so we can keep this place running all year round, do it."
Because several are still on the street with no place to go, Saddler said often times they turn to crime to receive housing in a jail cell.
"Often times people will commit a petty crime to be put in jail so they'll have a place to say just enough to get locked up for at least 3 months or so, so they'll be out of the cold," he said.
If you are interested in donating to the Salvation Army to help house the homeless, you can call the shelter at 870-932-3785.
The City of Jonesboro expects to receive a $94,000 grant to help combat homelessness in Region 8.
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