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Bitter cold may affect Cuyahoga County homeless shelters' budgets
Longer hours and spillover crowds are putting on the pressure, but shelters say they'll welcome all
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The sub-zero-degree temperatures have resulted in homeless shelters extending their hours and opening overflow facilities.
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The bitter cold in Northeast Ohio is putting a strain on homeless shelters' budgets. Shelters in Cuyahoga County are staying open 24 hours a day until Thursday. Normally, they’re open only at night.

Brian Davis with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless says shelters may have to request supplemental assistance from Cuyahoga County. Davis says the shelters are also handling more people than usual.
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“The big shelters, the men’s shelter and the women’s shelter, also have to operate an overflow system.

Ways to help:

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’ website has a page that lists direct service opportunities at shelters and through organizations. That list is at http://www.neoch.org/direct-service-opportunities/.

A list of items that can be donated can be found athttp://www.neoch.org/blankets-and-donations/.

Brain Davis also specifically mentioned The Metanoia Project at St. Malachi in Cleveland. The church stays open all night during the worst of winter weather and can use resources such as food, blankets and paper towels. More information on other items the project is seeking is at http://metanoiaproject.org/get-involved/donate/

So we’ve had three overflow shelters operational in the last week because of the large number of people who show up and seek shelter during these cold emergencies.”

Davis says the coalition also tries to help those who refuse to enter the shelters by checking on them, making sure they’re bundled up and providing them with hand warmers.
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