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Warming Shelters At Capacity For Homeless

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The cold weather is keeping many indoors, including Lansing's homeless population.



As temperatures slowly climbed into single digits, Antonio Triplett says he can't remember weather as cold as this. "Hopefully it gets warmer pretty soon."

To escape the bone chilling cold, Triplett stays at the VOA Center in Lansing and he says it's been much more crowded than normal.

"A lot of people come to stay warm and it's just so cold that they don't want to move," said Triplett.

"Our overnight shelter's been over capacity since the first week in December," said Darin Estep, the director of community engagement at the VOA.

Estep says it's too cold to turn anyone away, but it is a challenge to meet the community's needs. "It's a strain on the whole facility. We've had to have extra staff on at night."

To help accommodate those coming in, the VOA has had to turn their day center into a makeshift sleeping area. They have been taking cots that were donated and lay them out so more people can spend the night.

It's the same story for the City Rescue Mission. It'll house close to 95 women and children Tuesday night.

"We usually go up to 100, so we do have a little bit more room. I'm thankful we are here to help the people that are in need," said Tiffany Wilkinson, the director of Women and Children Ministries.





"You got to thank God for places like this because the city I come from, they really didn't have places like this," said Triplett.

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