Nov 25, 2014 10:59 PM

Homeless families left out in cold as winter storm nears

CONCORD - At The Friendly Kitchen in Concord they feed the homeless daily, but Tuesday the question became where will some of the very same people, among them families, find shelter during the approaching winter storm.

"There are children who are sleeping in their cars right now every night and they will be doing the same thing tonight and tomorrow night," said The Friendly Kitchen director Jennifer Lombardo about the Concord homeless population. "We have some I can think of a couple right now that are 13, 11 and then infants, young, young kids."

Why are these families without a place to stay right now? The answer is simple.
Concord's two emergency shelters do not open for three more weeks.

"So between now and December 13 there's no place in Concord for people to go," said Lombardo.
"The people in Concord will be on the streets or in their cars."

"Obviously our body temperatures going to drop off if we don't have the proper attire to help keep warmth," said NH1 Chief Meteorologist Clayton Stiver about the potential effects of exposure. "When the body loses heat faster than it can make up for it and produce heat and increase the temperature of the body that's when you start having those issues with body organs not functioning properly and of course hypothermia here I think it's going to be the big concern,"

"It is very hard, and you know people will come to me and say, ‘Where can I go tonight is there any place I can go?'" said Lombardo. "It's very hard to not have any place to send them. I just have to say,‘I don't know.' It's hard to go home and think about these people who are out there sleeping in the cold."

The director of the emergency shelters in Concord told NH1 Tuesday they have to make more preparations before opening the shelter doors. We also spoke with a city official who said there are not any plans so far to open up public buildings for those in need of shelter during the winter storm.


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