Local organizations step up to help those without shelter during freezing winter conditions

(Bria Bell | WBTV)
(Bria Bell | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - You may be sitting inside, but many people in the Charlotte area are struggling to find a warm place to sleep tonight.

With these dipping temperatures, the homeless community is searching for shelter and local organizations are stepping up to help them. Centers like Urban Ministry work year round, hoping to put an end to the hundreds affected by homelessness. They have a program called "Room in the Inn".

"We see probably about 400 people a day," says Urban Ministry's chief administrative officer Don Kelly.

The center teams up with other organizations like the YMCA  to help those who would otherwise be stuck out in the brutally uncomfortable freezing weather,
find a warm bed for the night.

"They actually come here and pick up people on the streets and house them for the night," says Kelly.

The cold is something that is not underestimated by these individuals. Food, money and other everyday problems have taken a backseat to weather conditions for the meantime until it begins to warm up.

"They're definitely looking for a way to get in and out of the cold," Kelly adds.

The program will provide a warm bed to 129 people who live on the streets Monday night.

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