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A homeless shelter in Portsmouth says they are over capacity during this week's frigid temperatures.

Jan 6, 2015 5:57 PM

Portsmouth shelter over maximum capacity during cold weather


PORTSMOUTH - A shelter for homeless on the seacoast says they are over capacity during a week with temperatures in the single digits.

Cross Roads House, a transitional shelter that also offers emergency stays for those who need it, says they are typically at maximum capacity all year.

But this week, numbers have increased even more due to extreme temperatures.

"This week with the extreme cold weather we are seeing a little bit of an uptick - last night we had 99 people here, that included 10 families with 19 children" said Martha Stone, Executive Director of Cross Roads. "We have on a daily basis, a process to admit overflow."

Stone said they do their best to never turn anyone away.

Their goal is to provide home-like amenities to those who need it.

"A hot shower, access to laundry - we have computers here and internet access, a telephone," Stone added.

Stone said the number of those staying at Cross Roads could continue to increase as the temperatures decrease.

A woman who spoke to NH1 News outside the shelter, who didn't want to be identified, spoke of the threatening chilly weather.

"It's very cold - you don't know what's going to happen when you wake up - if you're even going to wake up," the woman said.

Those who need shelter or a warm place to stay are encouraged to first contact the Community Action Partnership at (603) 516-8130.


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