A preliminary study says there are about 15 percent more homeless people in Central Arkansas than there were in 2001. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock performed the study for the homeless advocacy group Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless. The preliminary study found that about three thousand homeless people reside in the four-county area, up 15 percent from 26-hundred in 2001. The count was done on February 26th, when a coalition of homeless advocates and Little Rock police officers counted one thousand, 736 people. Some say that unseasonably warm weather that night could have skewed the numbers. The study found 450 unoccupied beds in central Arkansas shelters. The estimate was also raised to include as many as 500 homeless children.