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Tri-State homeless shelters coping with freezing temperatures

Posted at 5:59 AM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-27 18:58:09-05

CINCINNATI -- With temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits on Wednesday morning, local homeless shelters are seeing an increase in the number of people they serve.

When temperatures drop low, Lighthouse Youth Services knows it's going to be busy at its two shelters.

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Just last week, Lighthouse received donations to help them get through the holidays. They meet the needs of homeless young adults in our area, providing emergency shelter and a safe place to come in and get off the streets.

Right now, they say they have about 50 to 60 homeless youth in their two shelters. Besides being a warm place to go, it's also a way to connect young people with services to get them back with families.

"When we are experiencing cold weather, we make sure to have additional supplies and have the capacity to be able to serve them. We may have young people who may come in and just need to take a shower or want to do the laundry or get something hot to eat," said Rayna Moore, senior director of homeless youth services at Lighthouse.

Even when they're at capacity, Lighthouse won't turn anyone away, they said. They work with other shelters and churches to make sure everyone has a warm place to spend the night.