6 Louisville shelters more than 200 above capacity Monday night

6 Louisville shelters more than 200 above capacity Monday night

6 Louisville shelters more than 200 above capacity Monday night

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Posted on January 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

(WHAS11) - Six Louisville-area homeless shelters were more than 200 people above capacity Monday night due to the bitterly cold temperatures.
 

But officials from the Coalition for the Homeless say they don't turn anyone away.
 

St. John's Day Center, that serves chronically homeless men, set an all time record for people coming in as the cold weather arrived.
   

In one day they saw 250 people at that shelter alone.
 

But not everyone who is homeless wants to come in from the cold. 
 

“Most of the people that we see they have their own reasons for not wanting to come in. They don't want to leave their campsite.

Something might happen to it. They don't like people. They're very paranoid. So, what we try to do is to go to them and just keep checking up on them,” says Marlene Gordon, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.
 

Sometimes police also step in to help get people get to a warmer place.
 

Officials with the Salvation Army say people are just as cold in January and February as they are in November or December and they are always in need of blankets, winter gear, coats and shoes.
 

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