Cold Weather Makes Life Tough on City's Homeless

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

People at The Shelter on Tennessee say on any given night, there are about one thousand people living on the streets of Tallahassee.

And for many of them, simple things like winter coats and blankets go a long way in helping them survive some of these frigid nights.

"It's not easy to be out here without water, clothing, blankets and whatever we need," says Michael DeAngelo-Horne

As the temperatures drop, survival becomes a daily struggle for many of the city's homeless, l DeAngelo- Horne, a sixteen year veteran of the Marines.

"It gets difficult at times because it gets down to the thirties, forties at night and sometimes you don't have the equipment, you don't have anything but a bag and a blanket. "

Some seek refuge at The Shelter on West Tennessee Street. And program director Jacob Reiter says as the temperature drops, the number of people seeking The Shelter's help rises.

"These last couple months, we've been well over two hundred guests. That's men, women, families, children, but lately it's been getting over two thirty," says Reiter.

But for some, The Shelter isn't always an option. Instead others rely on the kindness and donations of strangers. Donations of blankets, jackets and hoodies that warm the body as much as the soul.

"It gives you a sense of hope. It tells you that not everyone has a cold heart and not everyone is hateful," says DeAngelo-Horne.

The Shelter says it's always looking for donations such as canned goods, toiletries and jackets. Donations can be dropped off at the Shelter's location on 466 West Tennessee Street between 9-4 p.m.


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