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More families in South Florida shelters

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The continued effects of the recession and recent cold snaps have sent more people to South Florida homeless shelters.

"They need a place to stay," said Marie Antoinette Jean-Pierre, founder of The Valley of Love Ministries. "They don't have [any] food to feed their children."

According to the most recent statistics, more than 60,000 people across Florida don't have place to live, including a Palm Beach County mother of 3-month-old twins who recently fell on hard times. "I don't really have a place of my own," said the twins' mother. "I've been in my car for two days now."

On Monday, the mother turned to Jean-Pierre, who is helping her find a place to live.

"I'm a Christian," Jean-Pierre said. "I pray a lot. I know for sure [that] God will help this young lady."

Florida, according to the same statistics, has more people living on its streets than 46 other states.

The state has made some strides by committing millions of dollars to help its homeless, by working to make homes more affordable and by encouraging private sector employers to hire them.

Still, access to that for some South Florida families is down the road.

"I'm still in pain," the mother of twins said. "It's not easy. I want my babies to be okay [and] to be happy. I don't [want] them to suffer."

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