Shelters fill up due to cold weather

The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk says it is working to make sure no one is left out in the cold. Typically the shelter policy

The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk says it is working to make sure no one is left out in the cold.

The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk says it is working to make sure no one is left out in the cold. (1/19/16)

NORWALK - The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk says it is working to make sure no one is left out in the cold.

Typically the shelter policy is people have to leave during the day. However, when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, they let people stay inside and the shelter becomes a warming center.

They say anywhere from 30 to 50 people are living on the streets in Norwalk.

"We don't have a choice. We aren't going to let anyone stay out in the cold who doesn't have a place to stay," says Jeannette Archer-Simons, of the Open Door Shelter. "It's too dangerous, so we are going to find the resources regardless of whether we have them or not."

They say during the winter, they try to reach out to those people and get them to come in and have a warm, safe place to stay at night.

The shelter also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Those who work there say they feed more people in the winter because the cost of heat results in some people not being able to afford food.

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