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Overflow Homeless Shelter Use Up

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Officials say the use of overflow homeless shelter beds was up 65 percent this past winter in the Fargo-Moorhead area, so they are looking for a more permanent solution.
    
The Forum newspaper reports that from December through March, an average of 46 people a night stayed in overflow shelter beds at Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead, New Life Center in Fargo or the overflow sheltering program that places some potential shelter residents in area churches.

Churches United Director John Roberts says overflow beds and the church program served 3,330 people in the winter of 2011-2012, but that number rose to 5,480 this past winter.
    
Officials say there's a need for long-term affordable housing to help people who now wind up in homeless shelters.

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