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Shelters seeing an increase in people needing help

4 years 4 months 3 weeks ago January 28, 2013 Jan 28, 2013 Monday, January 28 2013 January 28, 2013 7:52 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE- Area shelters are starting to see an increase in people needing a place to sleep, and have had to turn people away because there is not enough room.

"If it wasn't for here, I'd be out on the street," said Lois Ellsworth.

For two months, she's called the St.Vincent De Paul's Women and Children's Shelter, home.

"I had two jobs, and I lost them both. I lost my car, I lost my apartment, and I went into depression," said Ellsworth.

She's not alone. In the last six months, shelters report an increase in people asking for help.

"Everybody that goes in the grocery store... you see it. The prices are going up. Rent goes up and as that cost of living increase, so does the number of people that come to us in need," said St. Vincent De Paul's director, Michael Acaldo.

To meet the growing number of people needing help St. Vincent De Paul, is planning to add another building to use as a shelter.

"To turn someone away that has no where else to go, that's very challenging,"

The Salvation Army said it has similar issues. There, a 15 percent increase in people looking for a place to stay has forced added needs. The Salvation Army is making plans to expand, too.


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