As rain looms, home­less face tough­est sea­son

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fiona Kel­li­her fkel­li­[email protected]­yare­anews­

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

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