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Thu February 7, 2013
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Survey finds more women than men in East Texas homeless shelters

For the first time, women make up the majority of homeless people seeking emergency shelter. Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview is preparing to expand its women's and family shelter.
Credit Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

A Longview, Texas, homeless shelter is preparing to build a larger women’s and family shelter. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has seen a spike in homeless women over the past seven months. It’s currently housing 65 women and children, up from 25 at this time last year, according to associate director Rusty Fennell.

“We’re over bed capacity already. We’ve been over bed capacity for awhile,” Fennell said.

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