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Allentown tries temporary homeless shelter system

Allentown tries temporary homeless shelter system

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The city of Allentown teamed up with Lehigh County to help the homeless find shelter from the cold.

But some homeless advocates say one of the warming centers isn't open long enough.

Through the partnership, the Allentown YMCA will serve as a temporary 'warming center' on certain code blue nights.

But some homeless advocates say the hours from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. are too limited.

But others say it's better than nothing.

"Just the ability to be able to have a warm place, a place where perhaps they can take a shower, where they can change, where they can be given something to eat. Even if it starts late at night and ends early in the morning is still welcome," said Allentown City Council-member Jeanette Eichenwald.

Meanwhile, the need for extra shelter is still unclear.

A spokesperson for the city says only four people spend the night in the YMCA.

It's not known whether that level of attendance was limited by the hours of operation.

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