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Homeless Shelters Fill Up During Long Cold Spell

OPB | Jan. 18, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 2:44 p.m.

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Temperatures are remaining low in most of Oregon, making for a relatively long cold spell. Homeless families throughout the state are filling night shelters to near capacity.

The Father's Heart Street Ministry serves homeless populations through a shelter and daytime services.

The Father's Heart Street Ministry serves homeless populations through a shelter and daytime services.

The Father's Heart Street Ministry

The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, a faith-based agency in Oregon City  that operates a day center year-round, provides a night shelter as needed when the temperature drops. It expects to be open more nights this season than ever before.

Director and Founder Teri Gant says they’re doing their best to ensure people aren’t left out in the cold.

“We have folks from my agency here that go around to the areas go around the bridges around all the places they know there are camps to let them know that we’re here and we’re available.”

Even though the shelter recently relocated from Clackamas, Gant says it is still full on most nights.

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