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Emergency Homeless Shelters May Shut Down

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Between the cold outside and the economy, emergency homeless shelters have filled up quickly.

The three emergency shelters in Yakima are over capacity and there aren't enough volunteers to operate them. If this continues, the shelters may have to shut down.

The emergency director says the economy has been hitting families hard. This week alone 14 families called in stating they had been evicted from their homes, which is why there's been a sudden increase.

The director says they've doubled the capacity of people they can take in and as of now, the shelters are housing more than 60 people. He says without sufficient help, the shelters can't stay open. 

"We need volunteers, we need them desperately at this point in order to keep this program going to the capacity that it needs to be," said Dave Hanson, the director.

The shelters are looking for adults to help during the night shift from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The director was considering opening a fourth shelter but right now, they can barely keep the three shelters open.

If you need more information you can contact the Vineyard Church in Yakima.
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