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New Vinnies shelter for homeless opens in Adelaide

A $3.1 million shelter for homeless men was opened by South Australian Premier Mike Rann in the Adelaide's Whitmore Square on Sunday.

Social Justice Minister Stephanie Key said the state and Federal Government-funded Vincentian Shelter was a "significant lifestyle improvement for Adelaide's homeless men".

"Most of the men will now have their own rooms rather than the hot, cramped Victorian style dormitories that provided little privacy and chipped away at their dignity and self respect," she said.

"This is a significant lifestyle improvement for Adelaide's homeless men that will make them feel better about themselves - and that in turn may help them secure permanent accommodation."

The dormitories have been transformed into single rooms, double rooms and rooms with three beds to accommodate 52 men, and include cost efficient, environmentally friendly features such as solar heated water and shading for windows to keep rooms cool in summer and reduce air conditioning costs.

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