Cold brings more homeless to midstate shelters

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jan 24, 2013 4:00 AM

(Carlisle) -- Shelters across the midstate are working to protect homeless people from extreme cold this week.

Carlisle CARES in Cumberland County is constantly at capacity.

Executive Director Shari Bellish says the shelter can accommodate about 60 people, and it's seen a steady increase in demand since 2009.

She says despite efforts to find shelter for everyone it can be heartbreaking to turn people away.

"Every day, when you have to talk to somebody, and you're almost 99 percent sure you're not going to have space for them and it's 5 degrees outside, it's never an easy feeling to tell somebody that you can't take them," Bellish says.

She adds the shelter is temporarily moving women into the same facility with families in order to take in as many homeless men as possible.

Bellish says the organization is also talking with other shelters in Cumberland and surrounding counties to try to find housing for the homeless during this bitter cold snap.

The YWCA in Harrisburg says it is expecting an influx of people due to cold, as well.

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