Room and funds running out at local emergency shelters, could leave homeless in the cold

CINCINNATI -- Continued winter months, paired with a continued demand for funding worry Hamilton County officials who help provide shelter for those in need.

Two months of winter remain in the Tri-State, when once again, the region will feel single-digit, dangerously low temperatures.

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Previously, the homeless population turned to several organizations  and shelters to sleep in a warm place. Those Winter Shelter capacity resources were Strategies to End Homelessness, the Drop Inn Center, Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, reported a spokeswoman for Strategies to End Homelessness.

However, the price tag of keeping Winter Shelters' doors open has gone up.

“The majority of our funding did not come in until December, and we need to increase sustainability of these life-saving services from year to year,” Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness said. “We want to be prepared in case we need to stay open into March, or open earlier next year if it gets cold.”

It costs about $1,000 to house 160 people on a cold night.

“Bitter cold temperatures present an opportunity to bring chronically homeless people into shelter, where they can be connected to services that could go well beyond just keeping them from freezing, and actually help them out of homelessness,” Finn said.

For more information, or to help Strategies to End Homelessness, visit the organization online .



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