We are dealing with some the coldest temperatures of the season so far, and while most of us can cozy up indoors, many are feeling every bit of the harsh weather.
Shelter Nova Scotia’s Colleen Ritchie said they expect to see a lot more people seeking a temporary home this evening.
“The cold weather means frostbite, and a lot of unconfutable situations if you don’t a place to lay your head,” she said.
Along with frostbite, pneumonia, she said, is a common thing they see when men and women come to them this time of year.
“People are sometimes staying in parks, sometimes its alleyways, or warm spots near buildings.”
She said their two main shelters — Metro Turning Point and Barry House — will likely both be at capacity during the deep freeze.
“For the people that we see, certainly they’re pleased to have a place to come out of the cold, even if it’s just for a night.”
Ritchie said there are usually overflow options as well, such as Out of the Cold or church shelters.