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Yellow wristbands, segregation for Florida homeless in Irma

 

September 29, 2017



ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Shelby Hoogendyk says that when she, her husband and her 17-month-old son arrived at an emergency shelter as Hurricane Irma closed in, they were separated from others by yellow wristbands and told to stay in an area with other people like them — the homeless.

Sheriff's deputies, she says, told them the wristbands were prompted by problems that arose among homeless people at the shelter during Hurricane Matthew a year earlier.

"We were treated like we were guilty criminals," Hoogendyk says.

In the storm's wake, homeless people and their advocates are complainin...



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