Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cold Weather Program Ends

The Cold Weather Emergency Program ended today. This collaborative effort with Help Hotline brings together many agencies with a single purpose: to see that no one in Mahoning County freezes to death during the winter months. The Mission is the designated shelter for the Cold Weather Program. This year (December 2009 – March 2010), overnight stays for single men, single women, and families were:
  • December – 819
  • January – 1080
  • February – 1071
  • March – 1384
This amounts to a seasonal total of 4354 overnight stays. Note that these figures are for those who come to the Mission under the Help Hotline program. These are in addition to clients who are in the Mission’s regular programs.

Here’s the point: in the Mahoning Valley homelessness is - unfortunately – alive and well. We do not always see evidence of the problem (street people, encampments, etc) but it exists.

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