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Lack of shelter space could be life-threatening in severe cold

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HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) - If people don't have a place to stay, the weather can go from uncomfortable to dangerous.

That's what makes the lack of shelter space in one part of the Tri-State life-threatening. While most people are home on a cold night, others make their home on the cold streets. Fortunately, shelters are open and they are proven life savers.

Jim, who preferred not to give his last name, had been living on the cold streets of Hamilton until this week. The forecast of bitter cold weather forced him to come inside to the Serve City Shelter. Serve City's Linda Kimble said all 52 beds at the shelter were full.

While some people were new to the shelter, others had been living there short-term for weeks, even months. Thursday, December 15, lunch at Serve City was served by workers at Totes-Isotoner of West Chester. A hot meal, a warm bed, and some good conversation were essential on cold days. Especially when people don’t have a home to call their own.

One homeless advocate told Local 12 News Thursday that many of the shelters in Butler County were bulging at the seams during the cold spell. She said many churches were very active in going out to get the homeless out of the cold and off the streets.

There was still a need at Hamilton's Serve City for donations of hats and gloves to help keep guests warm.

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