Cincinnati cold shelter warms homeless

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - With temperatures expected to drop into the teens Tuesday night, Cincinnati's newest cold shelter at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Race Street in Over-The-Rhine is staying busy.

With the doors opening at 9 p.m., the line was already starting to form outside the front door at 8 p.m.. This shelter differs from the old one at the Over-the-Rhine recreation shelter on Republic Street.

In the past, the wind chill had to reach 9 degrees or lower before the shelter opened. Now,  thanks to financial contributions from the City of Cincinnati and charitable organizations like St. Vincent de Paul, this new shelter will open every night through the end of February.

"It's a great help. It stops from being out there in the cold so it's a great help," said James Dukes who is homeless.

"Its a good feeling when somebody is out there helping others. And what they are doing, they helping people," said Deshon Borders, who is also homeless.

"The fact that we've already seen two families come through - a six month old baby, 400 different people, peaks at 130, that shows us that times are getting worse for Cincinnatians and people who live in Hamilton County. Its not getting easier," said Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless Director Josh Spring.

If you would like to make a donation, send a check to the Drop Inn Center with "Warm Hearts" written in the memo section of the check.

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