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Local Shelters Helping Homeless During Extreme Cold

They're not always visible, but it doesn't mean they're not there. Homelessness is a problem all across our region.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - They're not always visible, but it doesn't mean they're not there.

Homelessness is a problem all across our region and with temperatures expected to be bitter cold, a local community is reaching out to help those in need stay safe.

It's a problem Ron Quinn deals with everyday and it's one he's especially worried about with the upcoming weather.

"During the last week, we have been aware of the cold weather that has been here and is coming," Quinn, Executive Director of Housing Transitions, said. "We've worked together, as agencies, to put together a plan to make sure we're prepared for those folks who may not have shelter."

He and his co-workers at Housing Transitions are reaching out to those who they know are in need and haven't sought shelter yet.

"I will be going out this afternoon to check on some areas and places where people that I know have been out there and choose to live within the community and out of the shelter system," Quinn said. "We'll check and make sure they know that we have services that can get them out of the cold, irregardless of what their needs are."

Other agencies across Centre County are doing the same. Quinn says they'll work together to make sure everyone is safe and out of the cold.

"Centre County has a pretty good network of organizations who work in a collaborative effort and we have a pretty good system now for cold weather issues," he said.

If you or someone you know is in need of shelter during the cold snap over the next few days, call Housing Transitions at 237-4863 or 237-5508. Or, call the Community Help Center at 237-5855.


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