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October 18, 2013

Salem shelter ends open-door policy

Lifebridge focus shifts away from emergency shelter, toward long-term solutions

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Heading into winter, all the city shelters have something in common: few or no empty beds.

“We are full,” said Kate Benashski, executive director of River House, a 34-bed shelter in Beverly. “We’ve been full (for a while), which is uncommon for this time of year. ... There just aren’t enough shelter beds right now to accommodate the number of people seeking shelter. ...

“It’s going to be a rough winter, that’s for sure.”

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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