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Hundreds Of Homeless Out In The Rain

The homeless who have beds in the city’s winter shelter tent downtown are keeping dry, but hundreds of others remain out in the rain.

Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project says his staff are out in the canyons and backstreets, distributing plastic sheeting to those still outside.

“A lot of folks that we have out there are trapped by mental illness and they don’t even know they are being rained on, so that’s’ kind of tragic." McElroy said, "We wrap them up like a burrito and tuck them in a corner somewhere and hope they make it.”

Father Joe Carroll of St Vincent De Paul Village says he has opened the doors for people who have nowhere else to stay dry.

“Last night we took 199 people in,” Carroll said. “The back-up is our dining rooms, which give us another 250 spaces to put people on the floors. We’ll keep taking people, we’ll fill up every floor in the building, and we’ll be open through Saturday so we’ll be open every night this week.”

Father Joe says he has extra space because a two story mens' shelter was recently cleared out, ready for demolition, as the Bishop Maher Center is replaced.

He says he is running low on dry blankets and socks.