A group of homeless people in New Bedford say the city needs to do more to assist the homeless.  They've signed a petition containing 158 names asking the Mayor for help.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mayor Jon Mitchell says he's directing the city's Director of Housing and Community Development to meet with the petitioners.

The Mayor says he's asked  Patrick Sullivan to sit down with the leaders of the group "to figure out what they have in mind and to give them a sense of how the homeless funds the city receives are used."

The petition states the problems facing the homeless are extensive:  no bathrooms after hours, no shelters for people using drugs or alcohol, and no shelters for women.

New Bedford received $2 million from the Federal Government last February to help find solutions for the homeless.

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