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Rivera, Carla. "Homeless May Resist Help, Study Finds," Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2000.
Homeless individuals that have mental illness and substance abuse problems need a different approach than traditional shelters can offer (study by Shelter Partnership).
Bernstein, Nina, "Giuliani's New Policy on Work for the Homeless Leaves Many Unanswered Questions," The New York Times, October 27, 1999.
On an average night, 21,000 men, women and children sleep in New York City shelters.. In an average year, more than 80,000 different  people use the shelters.
Bernstein, Nina,  "Strict Shelter Rules Force Many Families Out," The New York Times, November 29, 1999.
A family might sleep in a church or in a storage space of an apartment building, waiting to get into a shelter.
Bernstein, Nina,  "Giullani To Order Homeless To Work for Their Shelter, The New York Times, October 26, 1999.
According to a new policy under Guillani in New York City,  homeless people will need to work in order to obtain shelter.
Bernstein, Nina,  "An Uneasy Coexistence; Tensions Between Town and Shelter Flow Both Way," The New York Times, May 4, 1999.
The fear that exists between the homeless and the town--how can acceptance and compassion be encouraged?.
Bernstein, Nina, "With a Job, Without a Home; Low-Wage Workers Turn to Shelters to Bridge the Gap,"  The New York Times, March 4, 1999.
Low wages make it nearly impossible for some to afford housing.
Gelberg, L. "Tuberculosis Skin Testing among Homeless Adults," Journal of Internal Medicine, Vol. 12, 1997 and Parker, Laura, "Homeless Finding the Streets Growing Colder," USA Today, December 3, 1998.
There is a high risk for tuberculosis in shelters. Homelessness is a public health crisis. Diseases such as tuberculosis, aids, and hepatitis are related to homelessness yet the homeless aren’t getting the necessary treatment.
Gordon, Rachel. "City struggles with homeless shelters," San Francisco Examiner, March 13, 2000
The difficulty with opening shelters without community support is discussed.
"No one quite knows how many homeless people live in San Francisco; estimates generally range from 6,000 to 14,000. But the demand for emergency shelter regularly outpaces availability. Normally, there are 1,520 emergency shelter beds available on any given night; the number is boosted another 432 during the winter. Last month, there were several days when those seeking shelter were turned away."
Kennedy, Randy.  "For Homeless in From the Cold, a Shuffled from Site to Site," The New York Times, January 29, 1997 and Robert Polner, "Charity Group Decry Policies," Newsday, October 13, 1998.
"In order to obtain a shelter bed, you have to be determined eligible. If you aren’t eligible, you reapply the next day. If you are eligible, you wait for your name to be called, and then you are shuttled from shelter to shelter, trying to find an open bed. If you find one, your sleep is interrupted in the early morning (5:00 am) and you are taken back to the Intake Center to wait in line for a bed for the next night. Some people will just sleep in chairs or on the floor of the intake center to avoid this grueling process. This intake process, however time-consuming and demeaning, must be done in order to enter into the shelter system".
Kennedy, Randy . "For Homeless in From the Cold, a Shuffled from Site to Site," The New York Times, January 29, 1997.
". . . homeless people prefer private shelters and even the streets than to take shelter for the night at either the Franklin shelter in the Bronx or the Atlantic Avenue shelter .. . those are dangerous places; not fit for humans.
O’Malley, Michael. "Homeless Say Shelters Badly Run," Cleveland Plain Dealer, 
"A shelter is frequently run like a correctional facility, with numerous rules and regulations, including what time to get up, when to wait in line for food, when to shower, and what bed to sleep in. This kind of environment can undermine self-esteem. "There’s a culture of violating clients’ rights and disrespect for them. It’s like a jail."
Panhandling: A Little Understanding, an article reprinted from San Francisco’s Street Sheet, A Publication of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco, December, 1997.
"A person gets tired sleeping on the street. Men are lucky to get a shelter bed once or twice a month. Women fare a little better with a couple nights a week. After awhile you need to sleep in a real bed . . . but you don’t have money for a hotel room."

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