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Cold weather puts pressure on shelters

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Another morning of frigid temperatures is putting a strain on local agencies. From utilities to shelters, the resources are under more pressure when the temperatures drop. 

Wheeler Mission facility on North Delaware is already at its 95-bed capacity. 

Sixty people 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 temperatures dip as low as they have this week, there is an effort to get homeless people off the street, putting shelters over their space limits. 

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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