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Summer Shelters in Demand

Summer shelters are in demand with dangerous heat coming soon.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 7:49 AM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 7:49 AM

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>(((á and as sara tracks some hot weather over the next few days... we have continuing coverage so you're prepared. during the (winter, we often hear about shelters opening to keep people without a home safe... but as kimt news three's deedee stiepan is finding out á summer months are actually some of the busiest for area homeless shelters. she joins us live in rochester this morning to explain... the shelter at family promise rochester is full this morning and there's a waiting list of around 15 families. on top of that á in the last few weeks they've been getting calls from people who have been displaced from their homes because of flooding. that puts executive director dawn devine in the difficult position of turning families away. "it's so hard to say, "not only are we full, our waiting list can be 45á60 days at this point."" devine says the high demand year round underscored the need for a true emergency shelter in rochester. right now á the only emergency "for a town of 100,000 that's fairly unheard of. if you were homeless with your family there's waiting list here and we're the only place that serves families. for individuals it's first come first serve at dorothy day so there isn't a true emergency shelter bed in the entire area. that's very distrubing." devine says she is encouraged that there seems to be more conversations and awareness about problem since mayor kim norton has made it one of her priorities. just this week her homelessness task force met á we were there and you can find more about what was discussed on kimt dot com under local news. live in rochester for the first time the rochester salvation army will be opening their "cooling center" during heat advisories. it provides an air conditioned space and cool beverage for those needing a break from
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