Local homeless shelters filling up

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

An empty bed is getting hard to come by at Saint Vincent De Paul shelters in Baton Rouge.

Workers say the 100 bed shelter is at capacity right now, and they're still getting requests.

They say the number of folks in need this year is startling.

Volunteers dished out 100 more meals on Thanksgiving dinner this year than last year.

They say the tight economy is to blame.

"So many people in our community are living paycheck to paycheck," said Michael Acaldo, St. Vincent De Paul director.

"They're a paycheck away from homelessness and we're seeing that."

Volunteers say many of the calls they're getting lately are from families who have been evicted.

And if they can't provide a bed, they try to find someone who can.

Folks who do end up at the shelter are staying an average of anywhere from 3 to 6 months.