Norwalk sees demand in shelters amid freezing temperatures

The demand for shelters is going up due to the freezing cold temperatures over the next few days.

News 12 Staff

Jan 29, 2021, 1:00 PM

Updated 1,180 days ago

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The demand for shelters is going up due to the freezing cold temperatures over the next few days.
The Norwalk Police Department is opening its community room, and it will serve as a warming center during the day.
However, police say masks or face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be practiced.
Over at Open Doors on Merritt Street, they're working with other organizations to make sure no one is turned away.
Because of the pandemic, their overnight shelter is at half capacity.
Officials say they can't open their warming centers during the day anymore.
"The need has not decreased at all. If anything, it's increased. We've had to decompress the shelters to make sure everyone is safe," Director of Client Services of Open Doors Yolanda Mateo says. 
Anyone in need of a shelter can dial 211 to find out what shelters are in your area.


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