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Local News in Brief : Runaways’ Shelter Cuts Size to 20 Beds

Covenant House, a private social welfare agency with hopes of opening a 100-bed crisis shelter for runaway teen-agers in Hollywood, has run into opposition from competing social agencies and will instead operate a 20-bed shelter, officials said Tuesday.

Covenant House will open its scaled-down shelter this summer, said Anne Donahue, executive director of Covenant House California.

Officials have not chosen the site for the shelter, but City Councilman Michael Woo said he will work closely with Covenant House to find a location.

Other social service agencies that serve teen-agers opposed Covenant House’s original plan to open a 100-bed shelter, contending it was too large.

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Some community members also opposed the shelter, saying it would act as a magnet, attracting jobless, homeless teen-agers to Hollywood, which already has a large population of runaways.


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