Cold temperatures force homeless to seek shelter

Shelters are opening their doors and doing what they can to help everyone stay warm (ABC13 file photo) (John Mizwa)

January 12, 2011 9:34:22 AM PST
Homeless shelters in downtown Houston are overwhelmed because of our cold weather. All Star of Hope shelters are over capacity right now. All 306 beds at the Men's Development Center on Ruiz are filled and only space on the floor remains. The Women and Family Emergency Center is over capacity and at least 55 people are sleeping on the floor.

There were plenty of homeless people still sleeping outside, many of them covered with multiple blankets. Despite being completely full, the mission says no one who needs shelter will be turned away.

"We have been sending the 'Love in Action Van' out on a regular basis and will continue to all this week. Once, sometimes twice, with coffee, sleeping bags, with coats, with just about anything they need to be comfortable if they are not going to come into our shelter," said Scott Arthur with the Star of Hope.

The Men's Development Center still has room for about 100 people to come in to sleep on the floor.

The shelters are in desperate need of donations. They are need of blankets, coats and hats to keep up with the high demand. They need blankets, 1,000 warm stocking caps and gloves as well as 2XL and 3XL men's and women's warm coats. If you can help, contact Star of Hope. Also available is an option to safely text STAR to the number 20222 for a $10 donation.