Is there more homeless in the winter?

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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People often choose to live out doors, a choice that is theirs to make, but as the weather worsens it makes us wonder. One of the biggest questions I receive this time of year is “You must be busy with the cold weather?” We are busy,but there is not a big increase from the summer to the winter.  In fact this past summer we saw more guests then we did the winter before.
There are many people who continue to live out doors even in the winter. When I speak with these individuals they inform me that they have “winterized” their tents. I was recently interview by Global news on this exact topic.

Why do people live outside?

Why do they not come into a shelter?

These were the questions I was asked, and the answer varies with each person. But some stories we hear are; I have my own place, I don’t want to live by your rules, I feel safer, etc.
What I often tell people who choose to sleep outside is that if they come to the shelter they can get on Social Assistance, and with we can help them find adequate living arrangements.

Is their safety in jeopardy?

Should they be allowed to stay outside, or should they be made to seek help?

All I can say is that I hope they hear of our shelter so they know they have some where’s to go. 

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Comments
  1. Scarlett says:

    I wish I had an answer for your questions. When I ;lived in Denver, years ago,, there were many who lived in boxes under the cities bridges. Once, there was a man sleeping in the foyer in the apt building where I lived at the time. Denver can be very cold in the winter as you know.
    Homelessness does seem to be escalating, and many cities are becoming less tolerant of the homeless.
    America is not the same place it was a hundred years ago, and I blame the moral and economical changes which I think are not conducive to a prosperous, and free society.

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