Cleveland homeless shelters gearing up for influx of homeless seeing warmth

New study reveals extent of homeless in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Cleveland homeless shelters are gearing up for an influx of homeless who are seeking warmth as frigid weather sweeps in.

At the old St. Malachi School at W.25th & Detroit, the Metanoia Project expects to serve close to 80 homeless over the next 48 hours.

Tim Walters, executive director, said the homeless began lining up at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

"The weather we have coming is dangerous," said Walters.

"It's life-threatening and if we don't put them in place--they're going to die."

Kevin Smith, who described living under a bridge, is one of those being served at the shelter.

"I used to stay under a bridge," said Smith, "but push come to shove, you gotta due what you gota do--just try to survive."

A just released report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors reveals that 6,242 homeless in Cleveland relied on emergency shelters last year.

The report also found that, on an average night, at least 77 single adults remained on the streets.

In addition, over the last year, the number of homeless families increased by 15.5 percent.

Shelters in Cleveland are promising that no one will be turned away.

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