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City of Vancouver asks for donations of warm clothing 0

 Nick Eagland, 24 hours Vancouver

As temperatures drop, Vancouver cold weather shelters are scrambling to accommodate an influx of homeless and the city is asking for help with donations of warm clothing.

Coun. Kerry Jang said the most-needed items are socks, gloves, and hats, which can be brought directly to shelters and to city hall.

The city’s Homeless Emergency Action Team shelters filled up within a day and temporary winter shelters are running out of room, Jang said.

A report by the city counted 1,600 homeless in Vancouver in 2013, up from 1,364 in 2005, but the number of those with shelter increased by 72% over that period.

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