The frigid overnight temperatures are causing the Salvation Army to open up its cold weather shelters.
The Salvation Army opens its doors for folks needing a warm place to stay when the temperatures drop below 34 degrees. There are cold weather shelters located in Fayetteville and Bentonville. Both locations can accommodate dozens of men, women and children. The cold weather shelters open at 4:45 p.m. and close at 7:30 a.m. the next day.
“There is a chronic homeless problem, of people who are living in tent cities and that sort of thing, but when weather drops what do they do? I would hope we would all think that they need a place to come to, and that’s the Salvation Army’s job,” Major Mary Matthews said.
Major Matthews said the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas housed 175 people in its cold weather shelters in December, and has already provided emergency shelter to 34 people this month.
The shelters are located at 219 W 15th Street in Fayetteville and 3305 SW I Street in Bentonville.