As rain looms, homeless face toughest season
Typically, Oakland-based nonprofit St. Mary’s Center opens its emergency winter shelter for homeless seniors in early December.
But this year — as impending storms threatened to hit Northern California over Thanksgiving weekend — the center ushered in clients at its facility on San Pablo Avenue and 32nd Street two weeks early, on Nov. 18. Within just a few days, all 30 shelter beds had filled, said St. Mary’s executive director Sharon Cornu.
“We knew winter was coming and we knew the need was urgent,” Cornu said.
As irritating as recent winter storms may have been for housed Bay Area residents — ruining travel plans, flooding city streets