Freezing temps putting a strain on New Jersey homeless shelters

(01/21/05) NEWARK ? The recent Garden State deep freeze is taking its toll on area homeless shelters.

Various shelters in New Jersey have been spilling over capacity since the recent spell of freezing temperatures descended on the Northeast. One facility in Newark, which can accommodate 65 individuals, has been trying to help 100 people per night escape the cold conditions. A representative from the shelter says they are doing everything they can to get people off the streets during the cold snap.

Some shelters have had to dish out smaller portions of food in order to compensate for the increased number of guests. Despite less food and a lack of space, many homeless people using the facilities say they would rather be inside the shelter than outside on the street.

 

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