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Shelter loses 400 beds due to city cuts

July 3, 2008 5:19:16 AM PDT
A program that houses the homeless in South Los Angeles was severely cut back Thursday because of city budget cuts.Nearly 200 women a night stayed in this tent. But with no money to care for them, the tent was dismantled Thursday, even though the tent company offered to leave it up for a month, for free. Overall, the shelter will have to turn away nearly 400 people a night. Many could now wind up on the streets of downtown L.A.

"We've received a lot of women that have told me stories about sleeping on the streets downtown, being robbed, being raped, being mugged, beaten up, and it's just bad. It's bad. We need the beds," said Geneva Ramos, New Image Shelter case manager.

The shelter is now hoping to raise nearly $200,000 in donations to restore those services.

 

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