Jan 7, 2015 6:54 PM

Extra shelters open as bitter cold sets in

Source: NH1.com

MANCHESTER - The New Horizons Shelter has been packed.

"We've been at capacity now for quite some time and I'm expecting we're going to stay at capacity for at least another eight to ten weeks," said Wayne Jacques.

And this week the cold weather makes it essential the shelter help as many people as they can. With wind chill below zero sleeping on the streets can be deadly. The city is opening another shelter just down the street.

"The old police station would be available to them for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night and we would look further to see if it's available and needed for Saturday and moving on," said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

The cold snap has many across the state pitching in to get people out of the cold. In Concord this shelter is staying open all day.

"We've been putting fruit out and coffee and hot chocolate and they've been coming and going as they please they're pretty happy," said Cold Weather Shelter Director Terry Blake.

From beds to blankets, boots and hot chocolate, volunteers and working overtime to make sure people are inside when the temperature drops.


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