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Emergency winter shelter opens up downtown

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than 200 of San Diego's homeless men and women will have a warm place to sleep this holiday weekend at the city's emergency winter shelter.

The shelter opened Friday morning at 16th Street and Newton Avenue in downtown San Diego.

There are beds for 220 men and women and priority is given to seniors and the disabled. The shelter also provides medical treatment, mental health care and employment counseling.

Organizers say the goal is to transition as many people out of homelessness as possible.

"I'm very humbly touched that the tent has been there for me and Alpha Project and empowering women, men and letting us walk in here with dignity and honor and the needs are being met," said Mary Gayden, who is staying at the shelter.

The shelter will be open through April 1, 2013.

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