Saturday, February 03, 2007

Church homeless shelter
is crowded but needed

Offering only pews or the floor to sleep on, conditions at a homeless shelter at Westgate Tabernacle are far from good, the executive director of the Palm Beach County Homeless Coalition told a jury.

But, Gerard Demaris said, he routinely sends desperate people there anyway.

"I tell them it's not a good situation. 'You're not going to get a bed, but at least you'll have food and you'll be welcome there,'" he said.

With at least 4,000 homeless people in the county and only 12 emergency beds available,* homeless advocates simply have no other place to send men, women and families who have no place to go, he said.

Read the Palm Beach Post story here.
* And I thought the numbers were bad in Orlando! The state Office of Homelessness estimates there are 6,500 homeless people in Orange County, and there are only about 2,000 shelter beds.


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