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January 9, 1996

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A group of advocates for the homeless are looking for a house or other shelter where people can go during a time gap when no shelter is open.

"We really, really need a place where people can go during the day," said Lani Oglesby, a local homeless advocate who met with about 30 people this week to discuss finding a new shelter.

Oglesby runs the Community Drop-In Center, located at Friends Oread Meeting House, 12th and Oregon. The drop-in center opens about 8 a.m., and closes between noon and 3 p.m., depending on when volunteers can be there.

A shelter at the Salvation Army Church, 946 N.H., is open from 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Local homeless advocates are hoping an additional place can be found in a downtown location so that the homeless can have a place to stay warm during the time between the drop-in center's and Salvation Army shelter's hours.

"This is a community effort," said Amy Griggs, coordinator of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and a member of the coalition of people who met Tuesday.

The new location, advocates said, could be an extension of the drop-in center, which currently offers coffee and a shower.

Griggs also is seeking volunteers who could be at the new location a few hours a day.

Although estimates of the number of homeless people in Lawrence range as high as 400, 25 to 30 people have been staying nightly at the Salvation Army shelter, said Betsy Anderson, Salvation Army office manager and case worker.

She estimated that there are an additional 15 to 20 people on the street who refuse to use any shelter.

Homeless advocates this week are especially concerned about frigid weather that is expected to blast the area for the next several days, beginning this afternoon.

Highs are expected to be in the single digits and lows below zero over the next few days.

Anyone who knows of a possible shelter or anyone interested in volunteering should call the volunteer center at 865-5030.

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