Attendance at the Los Angeles homeless shelter on Skid Row has climbed above 100 people, while hundreds of others sleep on sidewalks outside filled privately run missions nearby.
All available beds have been occupied since the shelter opened Tuesday, shelter operator Martha Brown Hicks said Friday. Seventy-six people slept inside the plywood structure on opening night, and new beds have been added nightly as more mattresses are delivered, she said.
Hicks, who is president of the Skid Row Development Corp., said the shelter should reach its capacity of 138 beds this weekend. Officials say the demand for beds in the Skid Row area exceeds the supply by at least several hundred.
Mayor Tom Bradley, praising the role of labor leader William Robertson in erecting the shelter, on Friday proposed naming the shelter Bill Robertson House. Robertson is executive secretary of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.