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Poverello shelter announces new cap on residents for safety

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MISSOULA - The Poverello Center announced a new cap on the number of overnight residents it will accept, citing safety issues.

The nonprofit released the announcement Tuesday, saying that as of Aug. 6, the overnight shelter census will be limited to 150 residents. The shelter will allow up to 175 people during cold winter months.

Amy Allison Thompson, Poverello executive director, says the cap is a difficult choice, made with the input of staff and clients.

In a statement, she said:

“We are working hard every day with folks to try to get them permanently housed through the Missoula Coordinated Entry System. Sleeping numbers beyond the capacity of our staff and building puts everyone’s safety at risk and makes it much harder for us to achieve our ultimate goal, which is finding permanent, stable housing for those of us who are most vulnerable.” 

Over the winter, the Poverello reported taking in more than 200 clients on some of the coldest nights, well over the shelter's capacity. 

Homelessness increased in Montana in 2017 by nearly 8 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development statistic as reported by the Billings Gazette and Associated Press.

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