DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER HITS HARRISBURG! MAYOR URGES PEOPLE TO STAY SAFE AND WARM!

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Harrisburg, PA. 7 January 2015.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness Urge Anyone on the Streets or in Unheated Places – to Get Into Shelter for Your Own Safety!

“We are urging people to take special precautions during the extremely cold weather that is predicted for our area in coming days,” said Papenfuse. “We especially advise homeless people to go to one of the shelters that are welcoming them during their period. We thank the Bethesda Mission, YWCA, Christian Churches United, and the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness for the extra steps they are taking to help people without homes. Harrisburg Police will be on the lookout for anyone who may need help getting to a shelter as the temperatures drop to dangerous levels.

“We also remind neighbors to take time to look out for the elderly and those with disabilities to ensure they safe and protected.”

Emergency Homeless Shelter Locations include:

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven – 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
(for Men)
1805 N. 12th Street, Hbg.
Doors open at 8 PM, guests are signed in until 10:00 PM. Coffee, tea, small snack available to single men. Coffee available next morning. While here, we try to get them connected with services & housing. If needed, SHSH will make arrangements by calling Bethesda for overflow. Some volunteers still needed on various nights. Please call Christian Churches United, 230-9550 for details.

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg – 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
(for Women)
1101 Market Street, Hbg.
The YWCA offers an overnight shelter for women who are living on the street during the cold weather months beginning December 1 and ending March 31. While here, we try to get them connected with services & housing. The doors open at 8:00 pm and close at 9:30 pm. Light refreshments are available. Exit is at 7 am the following morning. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Julia Hoskins @ 234-7931 x3052 .

Bethesda Mission
611 Reily Street, Harrisburg.

Bethesda Mission’s Men’s Shelter is operating under hazardous weather rules this week. This means:
1. No one will be turned away regardless of how many people show up
2. Arriving early is encouraged
3. Those coming for dinner will be permitted to stay through the night
and through the next day so long as hazardous weather conditions exist
4. No man should be outside tonight unless he wants to be

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