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Pinellas County's new homeless shelter up to 104 residents

The county's newest homeless shelter, Pinellas Safe Harbor, has only been open six days. But on Tuesday it already had 104 residents, according to Pinellas Sheriff's Chief Deputy Robert Gualtieri. "Everything's status quo," he said. "Everybody's eating, taking showers, using the rest room facilities. Tonight is our first AA meeting." The shelter was converted from an old bus garage and detention center near the county jail off 49th Street. While the shelter is eventually expected to hold up to 500 people, right now officials say they're more comfortable keeping it around 100 while they add capacity and services. But officials know the cold weather may alter their timetable. "Right now we're not going to turn anybody away," Gaultieri said. "But we don't want to overextend ourselves."

Pinellas County's new homeless shelter up to 104 residents 01/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 6:14pm]
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