$2M Sought for Homeless Help; Prospects Uncertain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state lawmaker says five regional resource centers to help the homeless in Arkansas could be set up for $2 million. But state Representative Wilhelmina Lewellen of Little Rock says that funding is uncertain.

She says she has discussed possible funding with Governor Beebe's office and was told it may be hard to find the money in the current economic climate. She says the governor favors the project but is noncommittal at this point.

Lewellen chaired the Legislative Task Force to Study Homelessness that found that more than 20,000 Arkansans were homeless last year. Of those, about 4,300 were children.

Thirty-five percent of those children lived with their families in shelters. The rest sought shelter with family members in other places, including cars, motels, woods or with friends.

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