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Shelters are bursting at the seams, in part because of an unforgiving housing market. Memphis shelters at capacity due to lack of affordable housing. The skyrocketing cost of rent can really be felt in the city’s emergency shelters. Before COVID, the average length of stay at the shelter was 12-14 days. By the end of 2021, families were staying over 60 days – some families stay for more than 90 days.

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https://www.actionnews5.com/2022/11/01/memphis-shelters-capacity-due-lack-affordable-housing/