Bridgeport shelters, soup kitchens see higher demand as temperatures drop

Bridgeport shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations are seeing higher demand from low-income residents as temperatures drop.

Hundreds of residents lined up for a hot meal at the Thomas Merton Center.

Hundreds of residents lined up for a hot meal at the Thomas Merton Center. (1/7/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations are seeing higher demand from low-income residents as temperatures drop.

Officials at Action for Bridgeport Community Development, or ABCD, say they received hundreds of phone calls Tuesday from Bridgeport residents looking for help to pay their heating bill.

Staff and volunteers were also busy at the Thomas Merton Center, where hundreds lined up for a hot meal.

Officials at the Thomas Merton Center say they've extended their hours for the winter so that people can have a warm place to stay during the day.

Residents in southwestern Connecticut in need of heating assistance are urged to call 211 to speak with a representative from the United Way. 

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