Gaston County opening warming shelter Friday night as temperatures drop

It’ll be open from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on nights when the temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.
The idea comes out of the Homeless Prevention Committee.
Published: Dec. 16, 2022 at 5:57 AM EST
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - The temperatures are about to take a nosedive, and while it’s an inconvenience for many people, for others it can be life-threatening.

In an effort to protect those who don’t have a home, Gaston County leaders are opening a shelter, something new for the county.

Officials plan to open the shelter Friday night at The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope on Broad Street so those who don’t have a warm place to sleep can get out of the cold.

It’ll be open from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on nights when the temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.

The idea comes out of the Homeless Prevention Committee, which is made up of people from the county, the City of Gastonia and several organizations involved in helping the homeless.

Earlier this year, the homeless count called the Point-in-Time - involving Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties - recorded nearly 500 homeless people, a record high. In the years prior, that number was in the low 300s.

There will be off-duty officers at the Gaston County center for security.

Overnight, WBTV reached out to officials to double-check whether the shelter is open to men, women and children since sometimes there are restrictions. A question about whether pets are welcome was also asked.

Officials are expected to provide more information later Friday morning.

Download the free WBTV News app for further details from shelter officials once it’s released.

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