Homeless Shelters Overflowing Due to Cold Weather
Recent sub-freezing temperatures have sent the homeless looking for shelter throughout the Central Valley. As Bob Hensley reports, that's creating a challenge for facilities serving the homeless.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
At the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, one of the largest in the Central Valley, administrators are utilizing every bit of available space so they don’t have to turn people away on these frigid nights. Client Services Director Cecilia Jacobs says they’ve had to make room for double the usual number of families. JACOBS :09—The people that would normally fight the cold outside can’t do it right now. They’re coming in. Right now we have families in our dining room on the floor. The shelter has beds for 140 single men. Since the cold weather arrived, administrators have shoehorned as many as 260 into the facility by simply throwing mats and blankets on the floor. Shelter officials say, in addition to a higher heating bill, meeting the food and medical needs of the homeless during this cold stretch is taking a toll on the facility’s budget. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.