- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Older women with health problems are increasingly seeking beds at Bethlehem Inn, a Central Oregon homeless shelter.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1GbW9Hi ) men usually outnumber women 2 to 1 at the shelter, but Managing Director Chris Clouart said that gap has closed lately.

Staffers said the shift could be caused by any number of reasons. Some have lost partners who supported them financially, and others were left without retirement savings after the economic downturn. The women typically seeking shelter at the Inn are over the age of 50, Clouart said, with more health problems and fewer prospects of finding jobs or independence.

Clouart said the increase in older women seeking shelter has sparked a conversation about the need for facilities specifically designed for geriatric populations.

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