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Salvation Army Shelters Full of People

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9
  
MIDLAND- Many shelters across the Basin are maxed out. The homeless are coming in by the droves to get warm. NewsWest 9 spoke with one shelter in Midland. They tell NewsWest 9 what they are dealing with and how they are trying to accommodate everyone.
 
The Salvation Army Shelter in Midland tells NewsWest 9 they are extremely busy.
Sometimes they are left with people sleeping on the floor and even staying in the lobby if necessary.

They say they try not to turn people away but it's hard as they have to follow fire guidelines and they can only house a certain amount of people in the building.

The shelter has had have people sleep on the floor in their dining room just to accommodate for the weather. On certain winter weather days, everyone is trying to stay warm but officials have to turn people away because they have nowhere to put them.
 
"People come in the day before looking for shelter at night. If we are full and we are sleeping the maximum number of people on the floor, we have to refer them to other places as best as we can and they have to find other places to go," Tex Ellis with the Salvation Army in Midland, said.

The Salvation Army in Odessa has been full also. They can hold about 48 people and have an emergency amount of 68 where they can inflate 20 mattresses.

They are preparing to make sure that they have everything they need for Monday night. They expect more people to come in. The Salvation Army also hands out blankets and gives out meals. 

If you like to help them out, they need all the help they can get.

For more information you can contact your local Salvation Army.
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