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No room at homeless shelter and the weather is getting colder

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PASCO, Wash.- Leaders at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission say they've been turning away about 15 people a day from the women's shelter.

The mission has seen an increase in the amount of people seeking shelter over the last few years, and just isn't large enough to fit everyone.

"We're using the same safety net since 1958, and it's not adequate anymore," says Assistant Executive Director Andrew Porter.

Porter says they plan to build a new shelter in the next few years, but for now have no room for any more women and children.

After being turned away at the shelter Dawn Blanchard said she had few other options. Now she sleeps in her car in Columbia Park using a sleeping bag and emergency blankets to keep warm.

Blanchard says she can never stay in one place for very long.

"You have to move around or your welcome gets worn out. I just don't want to wear out my last welcome, says Dawn Blanchard

But as winter approaches she worries about her very survival.

"It's very isolating. Pretty much feels like you're a statistic waiting to happen. Especially the holidays and there's another holiday season coming up and I do not look forward to it. "

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