December 21, 2014
It comes down to money.
The first floor of the drop-in center, which would be the women's center, is unfinished.
They can't bring anyone in because its not up to code and doesn't meet safety standards.
The workers here say there is an easy, temporary solution.
If the city and county decided to open it up, they could throw in three space heaters, and it would provide shelter to 200 people.
Right now most of the homeless that are being turned away are women and children.
There are currently only 20 beds a night to house them at the women's shelter.
And they say what city leaders are doing is almost criminal.
In the city's defense, officials say they are working on a temporary solution.
They say there are two unused buildings a few miles from here they hope to open up and use a shelters before the next cold snap.
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