A lack of space is making the winter months tough for the homeless at the Tallahassee Leon County Shelter. Officials with the Shelter blame the cold for the deaths of some homeless in the past four months. The shelter says it has been housing well over 200 men, women, and children a night with only 110 beds.
Staff say they can safely accommodate the influx by providing blankets and sleeping bags, but some homeless choose to stay outside instead. Director of the Shelter, Mel Eby, said, "We need to actually double in size to adequately serve the people because there's more sleeping outside that aren't even counted in the homeless population. But hopefully they know how the protect themselves from the elements."
The most recent homeless death was last week when authorities say a 58-year-old man died from exposure to the elements and natural causes.