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Associated Press, Published October 13 2010

Growing number of homeless pack Ramsey, Hennepin county homeless shelters

ST. PAUL (AP) — Some families have been turned away from emergency shelters in Ramsey and Hennepin counties because of the growing number of homeless.

Ramsey County commissioner Toni Carter says more than 100 people couldn't get into shelters in August and September. Carter says county and community agencies have been trying to support as many families as they can, but the need is much greater than the capacity.

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Kirk tells Minnesota Public Radio News she lied about being abused by her partner in order to be admitted, along with her 2-year-old daughter, to a suburban shelter for battered women.

Before that, Kirk said, she and her partner, Antonio Walsh, and their daughter were staying in abandoned houses in St. Paul.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.