Shelters Prepare for Cold

By: Michael Hyland Email
By: Michael Hyland Email

The next two nights are expected to be the coldest of the season, and the Salvation Army shelter is already seeing high demand.

Capt. Duane Burleigh says the shelter housed more than 60 people Wednesday night. He's expecting Thursday and Friday nights to be the busiest.

Some people have been sleeping on couches at the shelter because all the beds are taken.

Burleigh says they may open the church across the street from the shelter Thursday night to handle the expected demand for space.

"Well, we've been full. We do have a couple women's beds available. We have had people sleeping on the sofas because of the cold weather, and we're anticipating even more," says Burleigh.

The executive director of the HARTS thermal shelter says if they go over capacity, people will be sent to the Salvation Army shelter.


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