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Nelson Kepley (News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C.— It’s a Weaver House rule.

If a homeless person has stayed at the shelter for 67 days, that person has to wait 180 days before reapplying for admission. Now that rule also applies to people who use the Winter Emergency shelters, according to the News & Record.

But that contradicts the very name — and original mission — of the shelters, said Amy Murphy, an advocate for Greensboro’s homeless population.

“It hadn’t occurred to me that if you were in a shelter in October and November, you couldn’t (be in one) in January or February,” Murphy said.

Kenneth Lemmons, who said he has been homeless on and off for 20 years, said people who stayed at the WE shelters could spend the winter in a warm place when they first opened.

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