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Shelters welcome homeless with open arms during storm

January 19, 2019 11:31 PM

ALBANY - The weather is proving to be a challenge for the homeless and their efforts to stay safe.

Perry Jones is the director and pastor at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany. He says they expect all their bunks to be filled and that'll also need to use their mats on the warming room floor because of how many people are coming.

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The warming room was pretty full even before the flakes really started flying. The temperatures and the windchill are causing people to come in and get warm.

Jones says homelessness in Albany is a growing issue. He says there's about a 10-percent increase in the number of homeless people in the city this year. He says fortunately, this is pretty much been a quiet season, but Saturday night, many of those people were looking for a place to stay.

NewsChannel 13 also spoke with Kevin O'Connor with the Homeless Action Committee. You've probably seen the Homeless Action Committee or HAC van driving around the city. This was no exception. O'Connor says they started around 2 p.m., making contact with their usual clients offering hats, gloves, hand warmers, blankets and a ride to a Code Blue shelter if they want it. He says they have run into people who don't want any help. They want to make sure they're safe.

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Emily Burkhard

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