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Flint homeless shelters filling up in the bitter cold

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(10/12/13) - For most people, getting out of the cold is a matter of stepping inside your warm home, but many don't have anywhere to call home, and homeless shelters across Flint are filling up fast.

"We try to get as many people in here, we try to fill it every night," said Andrew Paleno, shift manager at Carriage Town Ministries.

"There's a lot of lives at risk right now, a lot of lives that aren't going to be able to make it through the winter and for them, their only hope is a lot of these shelters, so for us we take the winters very seriously," Paleno said.

The men's shelter isn't quite full yet; 40 out of 60 beds are full. The women's shelter's 38 beds are completely full.

Paleno says they only expect it to get busier.

Over at My Brother's Keeper, they're at capacity too, with about 30 men staying there.

"I think with the holidays and the cold weather, I think you'll see it increase, every shelter is probably going to be full by Christmas time," Paleno said.

Scott Parks, 23, has been staying at the Carriage Town Ministries' transition house for a few months.

He feels lucky that he hasn't had to live on the streets, but he sees guys come in every day, chilled to the bone.

"I was here back and forth for a couple years now, but they helped me over at the donation center I got a nice jacket I'm wearing now, so I've been able to keep warm," Parks said.

Carriage Town's Men's Shelter has 20 beds left right now.

They only let people in until 6:30 p.m. for safety reasons. After that time, they send people over to the warming shelter near downtown Flint - it's open 24 hours a day.

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