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January 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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Severe weather shelters closing as homeless face a week of rain

Homeless people were heading back outside Sunday morning as severe weather shelters throughout King County closed their doors.

The 24-hour Issaquah Community Shelter, which had stayed open Saturday night, closed Sunday morning. A shelter at Kent Lutheran Church had closed up Saturday morning after housing about 30 homeless there during some nights of the storm.

A shelter at Auburn's William C. Warren building in the city's Veteran's Memorial Park, run by the Auburn Food Bank, took the morning off after spending the storm caring for homeless. That shelter will reopen at 5 p.m.

Shelter operators said homeless people had been showing up with socks and jackets soaked through.

Where will they go now?

"They're going back into the woods and into cars and couch-surfing," said Linda Stockham, who runs Kent Lutheran's severe weather shelter.

King County was operating some shelters during the day, according to its website. Get a list here.

The YWCA Angeline's Center for Homeless Women and the County Administrative Building, serving women and men respectively, were still open nightly, according to the site. For a full list, click here.


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