SPIKE: “Homeless shelters are filling up with men thrown out of work by the spill” — Sleeping on mats in Florida; Large food charities “have run out of money”

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By Paul Martin

FloridaOilSpillLaw.com
August 23rd, 2010

Gulf residents struggle in aftermath of oil spill, Associated Press, August 23, 2010:

[L]arge charities providing food to coastal communities have run out of money, homeless shelters are filling up with men thrown out of work by the spill…

Doug Alsem said he went to work… as part of BP’s cleanup program after the oil spill dried up business at his marine construction company in Belle Chasse, La. … “We were out there working and the lady called up … and said not to come back.. Some of these guys are just scratching their heads. They don’t know what they’re going to do.” …

At the Waterfront Rescue Mission’s homeless shelter in Pensacola, Fla., the spike started about two months ago and shows no sign of letting up. The shelter normally sees fewer occupants during the summer, but this year all 37 beds are full, along with 21 mats normally reserved for severe weather.

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