Coldest Air Of Season Creates Concern For Homeless

CHUM and Life House In Need Of Donations

DULUTH, Minn-  The coldest air of the season is settling in on the Northland, which has advocates concerned for homeless in the area.

Typically, the CHUM homeless shelter in Duluth hosts about 50 people a warm night, according to CHUM support staff member Shawn Carr.  But he says that number can double when the deep freeze sets in.

“During cold snaps, we have people that we call campers that typically like to stay outside but sometimes it’s just a little too cold for them so they’ll come to us for shelter,” Carr said.

Life House in downtown Duluth is also prepared to help area homeless youth stay warm.  While they are not an overnight shelter, they do provide a warm place to stay for a few hours during the day, and a place to get hot meals.

“Youth can come to our drop-in center. They can come for a warm meal, lunch or dinner. They can take a hot shower and get in out of the cold during the daytime,” said Maude Dornfeld, Life House’s executive director.

Live House is awaiting state approval to open its newest program — The Loft.   It’s located on the top floor of the Life House building and will provide 10 beds for emergency shelter for youth ages 15-19 sometimes in 2018.

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