Colder nights fill local homeless shelters

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The increasingly colder weather means homeless shelters are filling up fast.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley says they've been working near capacity for the last week.

They say occupancy is up 30 percent compared to this time last year.

Starting this year, the shelter says their new initiative won't turn anyone away. They say as part of that initiative it means they'll limit breathalyzing and searching bags.

"So with this new lower barrier first model we are able to spend a little bit more time with people get the recourses they need and because of that we were able to help eight people get houses last month,” said Jesse Redmond, Development Director, HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.

HomewardBound says they'll partner with the Salvation Army again and offer overflow shelter.

Along with the colder weather they say they are in need of winter clothes, such as hats, scarves, mittens, and hand warmers. You can donate them directly at the shelter at 2853 North Avenue in Grand Junction.

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