[Hpn] Homeless urged to seek shelters

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 22:57:07 -0500


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Homeless urged to seek shelters

BY PEGGY O'FARRELL  POFARRELL@ENQUIRER.COM

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Volunteers scoured abandoned buildings in Cincinnati to urge homeless =
squatters to head to the Drop-Inn Center or the city's emergency shelter =
for a warm cot for the night.

Across the Ohio River, volunteers at the Parish Kitchen in Covington =
opened their doors early Wednesday and handed out gloves, scarves and =
hats to the homeless and hungry men and women who stopped by for a free =
hot lunch.

The soup kitchen doesn't normally distribute clothing, but volunteers =
couldn't do much else for clients who didn't otherwise have a place to =
come in from the cold, said director Molly Navin.


Lack of emergency shelter for the homeless made Wednesday's cold even =
more bitter for social service agencies in Northern Kentucky and their =
clients.

Northern Kentucky's only emergency cold shelter closed in March.

Without it, there is no place for the homeless to go if they can't crash =
on a friend's couch, said Mari Kass, chairman of the Northern Kentucky =
Housing and Homeless Coalition.

Advocates for the poor and homeless are trying to find a suitable =
location for a new emergency shelter, but they're not having much luck, =
Kass said. It's not easy to find an agency willing to take on the task, =
and it's even harder to find a community willing to accept a homeless =
shelter.

With temperatures predicted to drop into the single digits overnight =
Wednesday, she said, the need for the shelter became much more apparent.

"When they find people frozen to death, maybe that will get somebody's =
attention," she said.

On Jan. 24, volunteers and social service agencies across Kentucky will =
try to count the state's homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and =
Urban Development will use the count to determine how much funding the =
state will get for housing programs. The last count found 793 homeless =
individuals in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Georgine Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati, estimated =
that about 1,300 homeless people need shelter a night in the city - =
including about 200 who won't find it.

"For now, we're focusing on finding ways to triage and keep people warm =
for now, but we also have to move them into permanent solutions and get =
them permanently off the street," Getty said.

The Drop-Inn Center won't turn anyone away, said director Pat Clifford, =
but the Over-the-Rhine homeless shelter is over its 250-person capacity.

"When it gets this bitterly cold, you'll see a spike," Clifford said.

Cincinnati opened its emergency cold center at 10 p.m. Wednesday for =
homeless men and women who couldn't get a bed at the Drop-Inn Center. =
The shelter, located in the Over-the-Rhine Community Center, opens =
whenever temperatures or wind chills are expected to drop to zero or =
colder.

Dangerously cold temperatures are expected to ease Friday, but in the =
meantime, health experts are reminding residents to stay warm indoors =
and bundle up outdoors.

Cold temperatures can result in hypothermia, when the body's core =
temperatures drops dangerously low. Hypothermia can be fatal, and it's =
not always easy to tell when the condition is developing.

"When we talk about numbing cold, it's not just physical," said Steve =
Englender, director of the Cincinnati Health Department's Center for =
Public Health Preparedness. "It's also a mental numbing.=20

"Unlike with hyperthermia, where it's pretty clear the symptoms are =
unusual, with hypothermia, it's a more gentle process, going quietly =
into the night, so to speak. It's not like you're seeing stars. You're =
getting colder and colder and more and more out of it. The descriptions =
are that you're going to sleep, and you won't wake up."

If fingers, toes or other parts exposed to cold start to hurt, it's time =
to get inside and warm up, said Larry Kendall, an emergency room =
physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Pain is a sign that frostbite =
could be developing.

People with heart disease, asthma, diabetes and other chronic health =
problems are at greater risk for complications from cold weather, as are =
the very old and very young, he said.

If there's snow or ice, Kendall and his colleagues can count on seeing =
sprained ankles and wrists caused by falls, along with a few heart =
attacks suffered by people trying to shovel snow.






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New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
http://www.missingkids.com=20
http://www.nationalhomeless.org=20
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org=20
http://www.newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com 
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<P>Volunteers scoured abandoned buildings in Cincinnati to urge homeless =

squatters to head to the Drop-Inn Center or the city=92s emergency =
shelter for a=20
warm cot for the night.</P>
<P>Across the Ohio River, volunteers at the Parish Kitchen in Covington =
opened=20
their doors early Wednesday and handed out gloves, scarves and hats to =
the=20
homeless and hungry men and women who stopped by for a free hot =
lunch.</P>
<P>The soup kitchen doesn=92t normally distribute clothing, but =
volunteers=20
couldn=92t do much else for clients who didn=92t otherwise have a place =
to come in=20
from the cold, said director Molly Navin.<BR>
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<P>Lack of emergency shelter for the homeless made Wednesday=92s cold =
even more=20
bitter for social service agencies in Northern Kentucky and their=20
clients.<BR><BR>Northern Kentucky=92s only emergency cold shelter closed =
in=20
March.<BR><BR>Without it, there is no place for the homeless to go if =
they can=92t=20
crash on a friend=92s couch, said Mari Kass, chairman of the Northern =
Kentucky=20
Housing and Homeless Coalition.<BR><BR>Advocates for the poor and =
homeless are=20
trying to find a suitable location for a new emergency shelter, but =
they=92re not=20
having much luck, Kass said. It=92s not easy to find an agency willing =
to take on=20
the task, and it=92s even harder to find a community willing to accept a =
homeless=20
shelter.<BR><BR>With temperatures predicted to drop into the single =
digits=20
overnight Wednesday, she said, the need for the shelter became much more =

apparent.<BR><BR>=93When they find people frozen to death, maybe that =
will get=20
somebody=92s attention,=94 she said.<BR><BR>On Jan. 24, volunteers and =
social=20
service agencies across Kentucky will try to count the state=92s =
homeless. The=20
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will use the count to =
determine=20
how much funding the state will get for housing programs. The last count =
found=20
793 homeless individuals in Boone, Campbell and Kenton =
counties.<BR><BR>Georgine=20
Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati, estimated that =
about 1,300=20
homeless people need shelter a night in the city =96 including about 200 =
who won=92t=20
find it.<BR><BR>=93For now, we=92re focusing on finding ways to triage =
and keep=20
people warm for now, but we also have to move them into permanent =
solutions and=20
get them permanently off the street,=94 Getty said.<BR><BR>The Drop-Inn =
Center=20
won=92t turn anyone away, said director Pat Clifford, but the =
Over-the-Rhine=20
homeless shelter is over its 250-person capacity.<BR><BR>=93When it gets =
this=20
bitterly cold, you=92ll see a spike,=94 Clifford said.<BR><BR>Cincinnati =
opened its=20
emergency cold center at 10 p.m. Wednesday for homeless men and women =
who=20
couldn=92t get a bed at the Drop-Inn Center. The shelter, located in the =

Over-the-Rhine Community Center, opens whenever temperatures or wind =
chills are=20
expected to drop to zero or colder.<BR><BR>Dangerously cold temperatures =
are=20
expected to ease Friday, but in the meantime, health experts are =
reminding=20
residents to stay warm indoors and bundle up outdoors.<BR><BR>Cold =
temperatures=20
can result in hypothermia, when the body=92s core temperatures drops =
dangerously=20
low. Hypothermia can be fatal, and it=92s not always easy to tell when =
the=20
condition is developing.<BR><BR>=93When we talk about numbing cold, =
it=92s not just=20
physical,=94 said Steve Englender, director of the Cincinnati Health =
Department=92s=20
Center for Public Health Preparedness. =93It=92s also a mental numbing.=20
<BR><BR>"Unlike with hyperthermia, where it=92s pretty clear the =
symptoms are=20
unusual, with hypothermia, it=92s a more gentle process, going quietly =
into the=20
night, so to speak. It=92s not like you=92re seeing stars. You=92re =
getting colder and=20
colder and more and more out of it. The descriptions are that you=92re =
going to=20
sleep, and you won=92t wake up.=94<BR><BR>If fingers, toes or other =
parts exposed to=20
cold start to hurt, it=92s time to get inside and warm up, said Larry =
Kendall, an=20
emergency room physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Pain is a sign =
that=20
frostbite could be developing.<BR><BR>People with heart disease, asthma, =

diabetes and other chronic health problems are at greater risk for =
complications=20
from cold weather, as are the very old and very young, he =
said.<BR><BR>If=20
there=92s snow or ice, Kendall and his colleagues can count on seeing =
sprained=20
ankles and wrists caused by falls, along with a few heart attacks =
suffered by=20
people trying to shovel snow.</P>
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR>William Charles Tinker <BR>New =
Hampshire=20
Homeless <BR>Founded 11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street <BR>Northfield,N.H.=20
03276-1640 USA <BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human =
rights.=20
<BR>1-603-286-2492 <BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A> =
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">http://www.=
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com</A>=20
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