Union Rescue Mission's Director of Missions Dorcas VanGilst says as long as children are being well nurtured, have a place to sleep and safe — it's hard for authorities to take action.Indeed, it's not rare and at many ages. The Little Rock School District has long welcomed children to school who spent the night in cars and other unconventional "homes."
"Do I think it's rare to have a child less than a year homeless? Absolutely not. Like outside of a shelter? That's sad but no it's not rare," says VanGilst.
Not far into the woods, you'll find Timothy Riotliff's home.It's true, isn't it? Some people with nice homes pay lots of money for gear to sleep out in the rough occasionally.
"It's actually a pretty good life," says Riotliff. "The wild-west people used to do it. They used to have log cabins."
His home is a tent in an outdoor homeless camp with two other people surrounded by guard dogs.
"She might spend a couple days and she'll go back," says Riotliff.