West Haven Police Help Family Living in Tent in the Woods

A nun located the couple and their 1-year-old child.

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    West Haven police department provides young family with assistance (Published Friday, Aug. 1, 2014)

    West Haven police are working together to help a homeless family who has been living in a tent in the woods.

    A nun found a couple with a 1-year-old baby living in a tent and the church and called police around 10 p.m. Thursday to provide assistance.

    Police called family shelters, but could not find a place for them. The shelters were full, not accepting people, or had no one to answer the phones, according to police.

    Dispatchers then called local motels across the city and were able to secure a special rate at one of them, so officers pooled their money and took care of the room.

    They also took up a collection and bought a $100 Stop and Shop gift card, food and diapers.

    Now, police are working with social service agencies to provide more help for the family.