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Shelters open to protect the homeless from sub-freezing temperatures

Posted at 7:15 AM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 08:37:49-05

BALTIMORE — Health officials are warning people that frigid temperatures can increase the risk of frostbite, especially in your fingers, toes, nose and cheeks.

There is a concern for those who might not have a place of their own to go to on cold days like this. Others, only option might be to sleep on the streets or head to a local shelter.

Baltimore contracts with Catholic Charities to run the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center.

During extremely cold temperatures the center provides a place for the homeless to lay their head at night, as well as a place to get something to eat and stay warm during the day.

Resource center staff said it serves more than 900 meals in a day at its other facility across the street, our daily bread.

Officials said they're not seeing a drop in the numbers, for people living out on the streets.

"From April, until early November, we are at 275, at capacity, every single day, in the winter months, we go up to 335, and depending upon who wants to go in, in that cold weather, we might not get quite to 335, but on a bitter day, we sure will.” said Sue De Santis, a Catholic Charities administrator.

There is an organized count of the number of people who are homeless and it’s taking place in cities across the country through the end of January.