Social Welfare    HOMELESS SPEND NIGHTS ON HOSTEL CHAIRS TO AVOID COLD
The St Vincent de Paul Society says the recent cold snap is highlighting the shocking lack of emergency accommodation in Sydney.
   A sweep of the main hostels and refuges in Sydney has revealed there is not a spare homeless men's or women's bed tonight.
   The president of St Vincent de Paul's NSW state council, Pat O'Flynn, says East Sydney's Matthew Talbot Hostel, which can house up to 200 men, is filled to capacity by 10:00 am every day.
   "I was speaking to the executive officer just this afternoon and he was indicating to me that they're having trouble placing people in other hostels in Sydney," Pat O'Flynn told the ABC.
   "They have the same problems and what they've been doing is bedding people on chairs of a night-time to at least get them out of the cold."
   
ABC
31 May 00

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