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Cold snap drives homeless to Haven for Hope

Hundreds spend night out of cold weather

Hundreds of people sought shelter at Haven for Hope Sunday night and more are expected Monday night.
Hundreds of people sought shelter at Haven for Hope Sunday night and more are expected Monday night.

Hundreds of people sought shelter at Haven for Hope Sunday night. 

In fact, they sheltered 100 more people on Sunday night than they did Saturday, because of the sudden plunge in temperatures.

But because the weather isn't expected to warm up for a couple more days, Haven for Hope workers like Evita Morin said they are prepared for another full house.

"(Sunday) night, we had 550 individuals and still had plenty of room open to people in need," said Morin.

Early Monday morning, the body of a 46-year-old man was found on the East Side on the corner of Bellinger and Ferris. Police investigators said the man appeared to be homeless. They said there was no trauma to his body, so they're looking into whether the cold weather played a factor in his death. 

Morin said Haven for Hope is available to anyone -- if they're willing to accept the help.

"Even if they just want it as a temporary resource, it still is something better than a night cold under a bridge or on the street," said Morin.