Overcrowded Homeless Shelters Nationwide Look For Help This Winter

Shelters across the country are doing everything they can to provide homeless individuals with warm beds this winter season. In Arizona, they're opening overflow shelters. For Coloradans, that means bringing in extra beds. Florida declared last Tuesday and Wednesday "cold nights," which means shelters can't turn anyone away.

Most importantly, they're all asking for your help.

In Phoenix, Ariz., shelters are seeing a different demographic as temperatures dip below 40 degrees.

Irenee Augustine, of Central Arizona Shelter Services, told FOX:

"We're seeing a new face of homelessness where children and families are becoming homeless." She said there's even a waiting list for families hoping to have shelter.


Denver's homeless need help surviving temperatures as cold as 40-50 degrees below zero. The Denver Post reported Saturday that Denver's Road Home, a nonprofit that advocates for the homeless, was prepared this weekend to help:

The Road Home emergency plan was in place Friday night, and plans are to use it tonight, bringing the total number of beds, cots or mats available to 1,300. Anyone who doesn't have a place to stay after those beds are filled is offered a motel voucher.

In Orlando, temperatures dropped below freezing last week for three consecutive nights -- an anomaly in central Florida. Though the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida was able to provide mattresses and shelter from the cold for local homeless people, donations like coats, blankets hat and gloves are still in demand, according to WKMG.

Visit your local homeless shelter to see how you can help, or visit Central Arizona Shelter Services, Denver's Road Home, or Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida to make a donation.

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