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Over 20 people forced to leave Lawrence homeless shelter

Homeless advocates in Lawrence say they did what they could for people forced to leave city’s only overnight homeless shelter but they are concerned that some of them had nowhere to go.

About 25 people left the Lawrence Community Shelter after shelter officials said financial difficulties forced them to drop the number of people it could serve.

The shelter announced in early August that it would reduce its capacity from 125 to 65 people on September 6th.  It stopped accepting new guests on August 8th and found alternate arrangements for others, leaving 25 people with no housing plans.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Assistant Director Kenny Yates said some of the guests were given camping equipment, toiletries and snacks that were donated by some Lawrence organizations.

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