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Homeless shelters in the Tri-State get ready for cold weather

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – If you don't have a television you might not know just how cold it's going to get.

Forecasters say we can expect temperatures to drop Thursday into the teens, that has homeless shelters here in the Tri-State rolling out extra beds and blankets for the expected crush of homeless residents.

Shelters here in the Queen City say they're expecting large numbers of individuals and families turning to them as temperatures drop.

"This is always our most crowed time of the year and with the temps going down it's really a matter of life and death at this point" says Pat Clifford, Executive Director at Drop Inn Center.

Anthony Dawson has been here at the Drop Inn Center in Over-The-Rhine for three months now and says he is thankful to be off these streets.

"With being cold and everything they have been really helpful in getting people in here" says Anthony Dawson.

Various shelters say their main concern when the weather gets this cold is keeping transients alive, and frostbite free.

"We never turn anyone away, we were seeing a bit of overflow this year but we're kind of counting on the generosity of the community to make it through" says Pat Clifford, Executive Director at Drop Inn Center.

Anyone interested in helping the homeless find shelter and warmth in the cold weather is asked to contact the Drop Inn Center or the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

We've got links to both below.

Drop Inn Center:

As Greater Cincinnati's largest homeless shelter, the Drop Inn Center offers the essentials – housing, help, hope – to people experiencing homelessness. We provide a refuge of unconditional care and compassionate assistance for both men and women – reaching out our hand to encourage and empower those without resources to move from homelessness and destitution to shelter and stability.

Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless:

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless (GCCH) was formed in May of 1984 for one purpose: the eradication of homelessness in Cincinnati. What started out as a coalition of 15 volunteers meeting weekly in an unheated church basement has since grown into a Coalition of over 45 agencies and hundreds of volunteers.

Our member organizations serve the homeless through emergency shelter, transitional living facilities, permanent housing, medical services, social services, soup kitchens, and mental health/addictions services. Membership primarily consists of organizations serving the homeless in the Greater Cincinnati/Tri-State area, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Our membership base also includes individuals and volunteers dedicated to improving services for homeless individuals, educating the public about homelessness and empowering homeless individuals to advocate for their civil rights and housing needs.

The Coalition performs three areas of work: coordinating services, educating the public, and grassroots organizing and advocacy. Homeless and formerly homeless individuals are incorporated into all programs and initiatives at the Coalition.

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