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Shelters Prepping For Another Round of Snow


Its another round of cold weather Mid-Michigan is facing, and those without a place to live can be extremely vulnerable.

Local homeless shelters have been at capacity for the last two months, and they are doing everything they can to keep up with the situation as the temps go down.

Paul Ballow has been coming to Advent House for years, and enjoys the camaraderie among everyone.

"Yeah I'm homeless, but it's a family thing," said Ballow.

But lately he's not just coming for the friendly atmosphere. He wants to get out of what he calls the bone-chilling wind, and he knows that this cold is dangerous.

"Cold enough that you'll freeze to death if you don't have anywhere to go," said Ballow.

Officials at the Advent House know that the weather can be a deadly threat, and have been seeing more people because of it.

"We've definitely seen more people come in who don't normally come in here looking for extra help with food, a place to be warm and secure," said Susan Cancro, Executive Director, Advent House.

But no matter how bad the weather gets, the Advent House always has a backup plan. They work with other shelters in the area along with the City to make sure everyone is safe.

"We have places we can go to quickly for food or more resources, whatever people need so we don't act in a vacuum," said Cancro.

The City is also stepping up and doing their part to help out during this time of need.

"The city works with a continuum of care which is as network of those providing support services for the brothers and sisters that are homeless or on the verge of being homeless," said Joan Jackson Johnson, director of human relations and community services for the City Of Lansing.

Even if it seems the snow will never end, the support system in Lansing for the homeless is committed to doing everything they can to keep them out of the cold.

"We have a good community, we can get our resources together and created places for people to be safe and we'll do it as long as we have to," said Cancro.

For many, they hope that isn't much longer.

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