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Shelters near Seattle’s “jungle” homeless camp aren’t full

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SEATTLE (AP) _ The Salvation Army says the two shelters it runs near Seattle’s “jungle” homeless camp are never full.

Non-profit officials say they do require shelter residents to work, participate in addiction counseling and go to religious services. But as one employee told The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/v0kWyt), wouldn’t any shelter be better than “The Jungle”?

Tim Rockey runs a residential rehab center for adult men and women in Seattle for the Salvation Army. He thinks the city of Seattle is moving in the wrong direction concerning “The Jungle,” where hundreds of people live in tents each night. Seattle officials have talked about offering services to the camp, including trash removal and restrooms.

Rockey says that plan will just make the camp more attractive, while he has 10 to 30 empty beds each night.