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Protesters demand homeless women's shelter in Vancouver

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Dozens of protesters took on Vancouver City Hall Monday morning, demanding something the city doesn't have, a women's homeless shelter.

Protesters said it's a matter of safety, and have collected almost 50,000 signatures for a petition to create the shelter.

Other nearby cities like Portland and Eugene have women's only shelters, but not Vancouver.

The rally comes on the heels of a Care2 petition, started by homeless advocate Dorothy Rodriguez-Anderson. She said many of the city's homeless have come to rely on her for material supplies and emotional support.

Rodriguez-Anderson said she hopes city council will create a shelter specifically for homeless women, who face rape and other violence in the streets.

“These women have been living out here, outside, for about five years with no shelter of their own. It puts them in dire danger,” she explained.

Protester Shelly Gaylor said services offered by this kind of shelter could stretch beyond the physical needs of homeless women.

“These ladies need more than just food and clothing,” she said. “They need friendship and somebody that understands them.”

Portland has at least three options for women and children, including the Salvation Army, West Women's and Children's Shelter and Rose Haven in northwest Portland.

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