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Shelters struggling to accommodate homeless

Homeless shelters across the nation are seeing a surge in the amount of people needing their services.

Shelters in Hartford, Conn., according to the city's local news channel Eyewitness News, are filling to capacity. Those in charge of running the shelter are afraid they won't be able to accommodate everyone once the weather becomes colder.

A local Hartford shelter's officials said that in the last 10 years, they have gone from serving 7,000 meals a month to 13,000. In recent days, they have seen this number become noticeably worse, they told Eyewitness News.

According to The Herald, South Carolina is seeing the same trend, and homeless shelter officials are pinpointing the cause as being the nation's troubled economic times.

Shelters across York County, South Carolina are expecting a dramatic increase in the number of people that will be asking them for help in the next few months as well, as more of its residents are facing eviction and home foreclosure.

Shelters across York County expect a surge in demand as the weather turns colder and more people face the prospect of evictions and home foreclosures.

The Herald reported that is is not a problem that a few cities are facing, but rather one that everyone is seeing. According to the newspaper, each of the nation's 12 largest cities has seen a jump in the number of people they are serving.

Local advocates are planning on addressing this issue during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, which begins Monday.