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As Temperatures Fall, Shelters See Large Rise In Need

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The second wave of sub-zero temperatures means more people with no place to go will be looking for warmth. However, Volunteers of America is already saying there isn't enough room for everyone in the regular bunks and they've had to find overflow space.

 

 

Terry Herman spent the night in the New Hope Day Center at the VOA. "They're overflowing, so they have to put you where they can fit you."

32 cots fit throughout the day center, letting that many more people come inside from the cold. Herman says the space isn't as private as the regular dorms, but he's not picky in this weather.

"At a time like this, you know, I'll sleep in a corner!" he says.

 "This area is normally used for group meetings, but due to overflow in the cold weather, they've had to open it up to make more room for people to sleep."

 

 

The television room, common area and hallways are all cleared and filled with overflow cots at night. "It's a lot of wear and tear on the facility and a lot of strain on the staff too."

 

 

 

Estep says they've had to use the day center space since December, first for seven extra people, to 32 Monday night.

 

"Even though we've had these capacity issues, there's no reason someone should be staying outside in this kind of weather."

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