The Community Shelter Board is expanding space for homeless families as their numbers increase.
The YWCA Family Center opened in 2005 with a capacity for 50. It is now trying to serve 140 families. The board has modified plans for a new adult shelter to include a second area for homeless families. The board has long preferred getting families in permanent housing, even paying relatives to take family members in, rather than build new shelters. But director Michelle Heritage says the system still has to get people off the streets. She says significant numbers of beds haven't been added since 2001.