August 16, 2010

Numbers of homeless increasing in WMass

by Pat Cahill The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – The plight of the homeless may be more dramatic in winter, but even in summer, there’s evidence that the homeless population is growing.

At the Friends of the Homeless emergency shelter on Worthington Street, executive director William J. Miller said he was surprised to see that for several days in late July and early August, his agency’s numbers were as high as they had been on some days in January.

Whether it’s because of the economy or the blistering heat, he said, more homeless people are seeking shelter this summer.

Homeless shelters count their clients by the number of beds occupied on any given night. After 133 people show up, Miller runs out of beds. People sleep on the floor.

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Kathy  Tobin

After almost thirty years covering the news for television affiliates in Western Massachusetts, Kathy joined Friends of the Homeless in the fall of 2009 to help raise money and the profile of the organization to fulfill its mission. As Director of Development, Kathy is available to help you understand the work we are doing and how you might contribute to end homelessness in our community.