Low use prompts closure of Little Rock warming centers for the holiday weekend

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The City of Little Rock says it is closing its four warming centers for the weekend as only five people used them to escape the cold since they opened on Wednesday.

Instead, city leaders encourage residents to seek shelter at local social service providers until the centers reopen on Tuesday.

In the meantime, the city says it has provided police officers and the Watershed with hand and foot warmers to hand out to homeless residents. Several of the hand and foot warmers have already been passed out.

City Manager Bruce T. Moore says the existence of social service agencies helped guide his decisions concerning the city’s warming centers.

“Our Homeless Services Advocate and other staff members have been in contact with many of these groups to assess availability of beds and hours of operations so we know that they are able to provide safe shelter to those who want to come in from the cold,” Moore said. “I’m so grateful for the work that these agencies do.”

Mayor Mark Stodola said he hopes residents in need will seek shelter during the extreme cold.

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