Homeless Shelters Open All Night Long as Arctic Blast Arrives in NCF
Published January 7th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- The freezing cold temperatures outside have officials at many North Central Florida homeless shelters bracing for an increase in those needing services.
The non-profit Saint Francis House in Gainesville opened up its doors early on Monday after a few people stood in line for hours in order to get a warm place to spend the night.
With temperatures expected to dip below freezing again on Tuesday night, Saint Francis officials say they're ready to take in more people than the usual 60 they let in anytime the temperature dips below 45 degrees.
"Because it's going to be so cold, we're open all night," said St. Francis House staff member Tara Muncaster. "So as many people as we can stick in here and still be able to get out if there's a fire, we're gonna bring 'em in," she said.
Meanwhile, officials with the agency expected to run the new One-stop Homeless Center on NE 39th Avenue in Gainesville say they are working on a plan that would allow the homeless to bring their pets with them -- something that's not allowed at Saint Francis unless the pet is a registered aid dog.
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