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Homeless seek shelter from the cold


Another morning of frigid temperatures is putting a strain on local agencies.

From utilities to shelters, the resources are running thin.

Ninety-five, that's the number of beds at this Wheeler Mission facility on North Delaware--and they are at capacity.

Sixty, that's how many are sleeping on mats at the main shelter because all the beds are taken. On any given day, the shelters are full. It's especially true in the winter.

When the temps dip as low as they have the past day or two, there is an effort to get the homeless off the street. That means though that shelters space is over its limits.

At Wheeler, there are people sleeping on mats on the floor because all the beds are full.

This year and last, Wheeler reports they've seen a balloon in the number of men, women and children they shelter all year long, not just when it's cold.

The city and the shelters have a 'winter contingency plan' set up which does relax the limit restrictions at the shelters. That means on these cold nights and mornings they make room for anyone when the conditions are dangerous.

Outreach teams are also out to bring people to the shelter.

Last month there was a call for donations of warm weather gear--hats and gloves and blankets. That is still the case.

Utilities are also at their limits and are watching the weather closely.

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