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Weather Straining Area Homeless Shelters



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(Stockton, CA)
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stockton has two major homeless shelters...one for men, and the other for families and single women and they are both full.

Stockton Shelter Director John Reynolds says the rain and cold weather have pushed many out from under bridges.  He says some are living in their cars.

REYNOLDS: "Anything below 40 degrees living in a car is like living in a refrigerator, it gets freezing and we find a lot of people living in vehicles  like vans that type of thing, they're going to want to come in."

The men's shelter has 125 people sleeping on bunk beds and another 25 on the floor.

Reynolds says the family shelter with 25 rooms is also out of beds.

REYNOLDS:  "We had 5 families on the floor in the multipurpose room, we have about 17 single women on the floor, we had 5 families in motels."

And Reynolds expects more homeless at his door as the rainy days continue.

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