- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Interfaith Compassion Ministry in Oxford relies on local hotels to temporarily house homeless people until long-term shelter can be found.

However, the charity’s director says the budget is tight and rooms can be scarce and expensive during football season.

Ministry director Lena Wiley says the group gets a special rate from the Ole Miss Motel, but sometimes the motel is completely booked.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/WT6Z0h ) that local police recently found a 28-year-old woman sleeping in her car in a store parking lot. The woman told officers she had no job or money, so officers said they collected money to pay for her to stay overnight in a Super 8 Motel.

Wiley says the woman was among the 500 people ministry has helped in recent months.

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