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Experts identify affordable housing barriers, opportunities for rural Arkansas

Ten housing experts from the private and public sectors joined a panel Tuesday afternoon at the 2024 Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs to discuss affordable housing in rural Arkansas.
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A vacant and decrepit house in the Central High Neighborhood Historic District, one of many.

'Ruins of Central High' walking tours highlight neglected parts of Little Rock historic district

A 2022 report from the city calls the Central High neighborhood an “endangered historical resource,” with three dozen structures demolished between 2010 and 2021.

Little Rock's Women & Children First shelter announces $12 million in grants

WCF announced this week it would receive a $7 million grant from the HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP), along with $1 million in other HUD grants and a $4 million challenge grant offered by the Windgate Foundation.

Arkansas’s living nightmare

The state’s lack of renters' rights leaves tenants in dangerous conditions.

Have A Little Mercy: A Q&A with Shalonda Wells

We talked with Shalonda Wells about her work with Have A Little Mercy, a mobile help center she founded in June of 2022 to provide food, hygiene supplies, clothing and gently used household items to underserved areas of Little Rock. 

North Little Rock tenants hospitalized from heat while stuck without AC

For more than a week, the residents at the Cedar Gardens apartment complex in North Little Rock faced the hot Arkansas heat head-first. A number of tenants were hospitalized and others expressed the symptoms of their existing health conditions worsened.

Earthly remains: On rehabilitating homes after an owner's death

Historic housing advocate Paul Dodds explores the process of rehabilitating houses after the owners have passed. In places full of "despair, decay and death," Dodds imagines the lives of the residents from a century ago and polishes old kitchenwares that are coated in the stench of rotting house.

Hearing on unsafe living conditions at Big Country Chateau apartments set for Thursday

The apartment complex was riddled with issues over the summer when the Little Rock Code Enforcement completed inspections. Months later, the city of Little Rock is holding the management responsible for poor living conditions.

A living 'nightmare' for North Little Rock tenants

Some tenants are facing the early cold weather without working heaters; others were living in mold-and-roach-infested apartments. With many surviving off of limited income, tenants are stuck in unsafe living environments managed by Knight Development Properties.

No vote on landlord-tenant bill after realtor association declares opposition

"We live in the richest country in the world," Gazaway told the House Insurance and Commerce committee. “I do not believe it’s too much to ask of a landlord in 2019 in the United States of America."