[NEWS] Officials work to get the homeless indoors as cold snap continues | Project HOME

[NEWS] Officials work to get the homeless indoors as cold snap continues

 

From KYW

With sub-freezing temperatures lingering until midweek, county and city officials throughout the Delaware Valley have issued Code Blue warnings.

The cold snap is all hands on deck.

There are about a dozen nonprofit workers and volunteers scouring Philadelphia, engaging with the city's homeless in hopes of bringing them into shelters until the snap is over.

"It also impacts many low income families and people that don't have enough heat or are in inadequate housing," said Sister Mary Scullion with Project HOME.

She says their hotline number for members of the public to call has been ringing off the hook.

Many times, she says people are more than happy to come into the warmth.

"On the rare occasion when someone continues to refuse, if that person is in a mental health crisis and again, due to the weather, they could die on the streets, on occasion, we will involuntarily commit that person," she said.