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July 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Mothers plead Seattle City Council committee for more shelter space

Homeless mothers pleaded for more King County shelter space during a Wednesday Seattle City Council committee meeting at Mary’s Place, a women’s center in downtown Seattle.

The center’s director, Mary Hartman, told KING5 news that she knows a mother who slept “last night in a port-a-potty with two children, one and three years old, because the mother could lock the door.” Mary’s Place offers help to homeless mothers by day, but many times has nowhere to send them at night, Hartman said.

Within 24 hours, at least 214 children and 152 adults in those families were turned away from King County shelters on Jan. 26 and 27 of this year, according to a survey the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness conducted with 26 agencies. Sixty-five percent of those children were 12 years of age or under.

Council member Nick Licata said the Seattle City Council Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee is looking for money to ensure no family is unsheltered by the end of 2012, according to KING5’s report.

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