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Cold temperatures drop, need in shelters rises

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/256/12) - Cold temperatures are forcing many who are homeless to seek shelter.

Meanwhile, those shelters they're turning to are already filled to capacity. We all feel it when temperatures drop like they did Friday, but no one feels it more than the homeless or those who have had their heat shut off. That's when the demand rises for space in local shelters.

At the Shelter of Flint, more calls for help usually come in as November draws to a close. This month they've already received more than 400.
    
But they can only fit about 50 people in the shelter and those beds are already full. All the other area shelters we called tell us they are also full but they're doing their best to direct callers to other resources.
 
People who can't find shelter also turn to warming centers like Catholic Charities. It's a pretty simple formula, when temperatures drop, the need for shelter always rises.

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