City officials and nonprofit directors are taking educational efforts about homelessness to the streets — and, in doing so, hope to encourage people to put their dollars toward fixing the problem.

Fort Smith will soon have at least four signs advising those who see them to donate to a local charity through United Way of Fort Smith Area at intersections throughout the city. The signs will be erected as part of an initiative between city administration and nonprofits like Next Step Homeless Services and Riverview Hope Campus to show citizens a tangible way to help the homeless population, said City Administrator Carl Geffken.

“(We’re trying to) educate people that, if they choose to give, just know that if you continue to give like that, it

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