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Homeless shelters prepare for increased demand

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CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) _ Homeless shelters in southwestern Idaho
are bracing for an uptick in demand as the temperatures drop this
fall.

Stephanie Bloom, program director for the Salvation Army's
Community Family Shelter in Nampa, told the Idaho Press-Tribune
that most clients don't start using the shelter until the weather
cools down. Still, she said, the shelter has had increased demand
over the past fiscal year, giving out 141 emergency hotel vouchers
to homeless families and referring others to shelters in Boise.

Bloom says with double-digit unemployment numbers in Canyon
County, the shelter has dished out more than 34,000 meals this
year. That's about 3,400 more compared to this time last year.

Officials with the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa say
overall this year, the shelter has provided 560 more nights of
lodging than it did during the same period last year.
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Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, http://www.idahopress.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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