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Homeless Find Shelters Crowded

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The number of homeless people in the Triangle is increasing.
RALEIGH — As temperatures drop, the Triangle's homelesshead to shelters in hopes of finding a warm bed, but what they're findinginstead is a tight squeeze.

The homeless population in Wake County continues to grow. Nearly half ofthe homeless have moved here from other counties, or even other states.United Way Specialist Susan Cope says people who are down on their luckare often drawn to the Triangle.

There are only 12 homeless shelters in Wake County, and that isn'tenough. Fred Musgrave says in order to keep up with the growing population, something needs to be done.

There are plans to build a unique shelter downtown that would providepeople not only with a roof over their heads, but also counseling andtraining. Cope says downtown is the best place to build.

Finding a location to open a new shelter is not easy. The city hasalready rejected one possible site, so now organizers must find anotherplace. Even if they do find another location ,the new shelter will fill upfast.

The new facility would hold about 260 people. Once a site is found andapproved, it could take as long as two years to get the new shelter open.

Editor's Note:

Here are the figures on Raleigh's homeless situation:

  • To provide bed space to all thefamiliesin need, theshelterwould have to supply more than 700 beds.
  • The shelter currently has 147 beds.
  • Individualrequirements exceed 1,200 beds.
  • There are fewer than 300 beds currently available.
  • The current average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Raleigh is$682.
  • Photographer:Greg Clark

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