[Hpn] Cold Weather has Homeless Shelters Filled to Capacity

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Fri, 04 Jan 2008 06:03:45 -0500


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SHREVEPORT, LA

Cold Weather has Homeless Shelters Filled to Capacity

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  With temperatures in the ArkLaTex dipping into the low 20s, people who =
normally live on the streets sought out shelter  overnight with several =
agencies that help the homeless.
  Both the Salvation Army in Shreveport and the Shreveport-Bossier =
Rescue Mission reported that their shelters were filled to capacity =
Wednesday night.
   A telephone operator at the Salvation Army told KSLA News 12 they had =
to set up cots in a television viewing room just to accommodate the =
overflow crowd.
   At the rescue mission's McNeill Street location, every one of the 75 =
beds set aside for homeless men was filled.  The facility, however, did =
not have to utilize its emergency plan which calls for opening up its =
Texas Street location to overnight visitors.
  Even with the extremely cold weather, though, not everyone was anxious =
to head indoors.  Shreveport police say they encountered several people =
who needed extra convincing.
  "We kinda check on some of them," said Sgt. J. L. Bartlett.  "They =
don't realize that when the temperature dips below 30 degrees the =
dangers that they face."=20
    Bartlett said some officers overnight assisted a few people in =
finding shelter.  An operator at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission =
also said he had received several calls from Shreveport police officers =
who were looking for beds for homeless men.
   Both agencies say when they have to handle large crowds for several =
days at a time, they usually end up running short on supplies, such as =
blankets and warm clothing. =20
  Anyone wishing to drop off donations should contact the Salvation Army =
or Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission.
  Story by Katrina Webber



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<P>&nbsp; With temperatures in the ArkLaTex dipping into the low 20s, =
people who=20
normally live on the streets&nbsp;sought out&nbsp;shelter&nbsp; =
overnight with=20
several agencies that help the homeless.<BR>&nbsp; Both&nbsp;the =
Salvation=20
Army&nbsp;in&nbsp;Shreveport&nbsp;and the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue =
Mission=20
reported that their shelters&nbsp;were filled to capacity Wednesday=20
night.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; A&nbsp;telephone operator at the Salvation Army =
told KSLA=20
News 12 they had to set up cots in a television viewing room just to =
accommodate=20
the overflow crowd.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; At the rescue mission's McNeill =
Street=20
location, every one of the 75 beds set aside for homeless men was =
filled.&nbsp;=20
The facility, however, did not have to utilize its emergency plan which =
calls=20
for opening up its Texas Street location to overnight =
visitors.<BR>&nbsp; Even=20
with the extremely cold weather,&nbsp;though, not everyone was anxious =
to head=20
indoors.&nbsp; Shreveport police say they encountered several people who =
needed=20
extra convincing.<BR>&nbsp; "We kinda check on some of them," said Sgt. =
J. L.=20
Bartlett. &nbsp;"They don't realize that when the temperature dips below =
30=20
degrees the dangers that they face."&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; =
&nbsp;Bartlett said=20
some officers overnight assisted a few people in finding shelter.&nbsp; =
An=20
operator at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission also said he had =
received=20
several calls from Shreveport police officers who were looking for beds =
for=20
homeless men.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; Both agencies say when they have to handle =
large=20
crowds for several days at a time, they usually end up running short on=20
supplies, such as blankets and warm clothing.&nbsp; <BR>&nbsp; Anyone =
wishing to=20
drop off donations should contact the Salvation Army or =
Shreveport-Bossier=20
Rescue Mission.<BR>&nbsp; <A href=3D"mailto:kwebber@ksla.com">Story by =
Katrina=20
Webber</A></P></DIV></FONT>
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