WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On a good night, “Cindy” can get a bottom bunk at Sally’s Place, a downtown Minneapolis homeless shelter for single women.

The day WCCO Radio followed her, she checked in around 2:30 p.m. and found a place for her two bags, which, aside from a storage unit in Bloomington, contain everything she owns.

She stays here through the night until the next morning, when she will venture out into the skyways until returning to the shelter the following afternoon — staying warm and killing time.

Cindy is 66.

It’s a disturbing trend emerging from Twin Cities homeless shelters: a rapidly growing number of women over the age of 60 who are showing up with nowhere else to go.

“About one-third of our women who stay the night are elderly,” said Envoy Bill Miller with the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Shelter downtown, where Cindy stays. “It just breaks…

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