Fayetteville launches text-to-give program to benefit homeless

Community Resources Director Yolanda Fields holds one of several signs that will be placed around town to notify people of a text-to-give program benefitting area homeless and low-income residents.

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A new city program aims to help area homeless and low-income residents using a text-to-give platform that distributes donations to those in need.

Fayetteville City Council members earlier this month agreed to use $5,000 to develop a Help a Neighbor Fund administered by Hark at the Center for Collaborative Care.

To promote the fund, the city this week will begin placing street signs near some of Fayetteville’s busiest intersections to alert the public about the program. Anyone who wants to give money can text a number to donate, and those who need help can call a phone number to speak with someone about assistance with housing, food, medical or mental health care, or other needs.

Anyone with a mobile phone can text FAY to 50155 to donate. All proceeds go directly to assist Fayetteville residents in need.

Those who need help can call 479-709-2492. Funds may be used to cover expenses not covered by other social support services, such as SNAP.

The local program will be overseen by the city’s Community Resources Division. The division also runs the city’s Community Development Block Grant fund, which will pay the $49 monthly cost for transactional fees associated with the text-to-give program.