"Condition White" In Effect At Local Shelter

Freezing temperatures during the day and night have led to the Greenville Homeless Shelter being under what they call "Condition White", meaning the temperature outside is under 40 degrees.

When that happens the Greenville Homeless Shelter is open 24 hours so that no one is forced out into the cold.

Normally people can check in at 6 PM and then the following morning they have to leave by 8 AM.

But because of the freezing cold, the shelter is now open around the clock.

Supervisor of the Greenville Homeless Shelter Jeff Schwartz says the shelter believes it's very important to keep people out of the cold, especially women, young children, and the elderly.

As of Tuesday afternoon Schwartz said the shelter was almost completely full with only a few beds left, he expects to be completely full by Tuesday night.

And he says the shelter will remain open 24 hours until the cold temperatures improve.


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  • by Brrrr Location: Greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    What ever happened to treating everyone equally? The story states it's "especially important for children, women and the elderly" They think that homeless men can fend for themselves out in the c-c-c-cold weather?? Do you know how Colorado deals with it's homeless people? They give them one way bus tickets to San Diego! SD has to deal with CO's problem.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jan 5, 2010 at 09:48 PM
    My question is why are these people homeless? It is to bad they did not get there redistrubtion check from Obama. Don't feel bad I never got mine.
  • by to cathy Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    The shelter can always use paper products, trash bags, plastic utensils, paper plates and of course, donations. That utility bill has to be huge and cash is in low supply with so many needy residents nowadays.
  • by Grateful for my warm home Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    The GV Community Shelter does an excellent job of helping those that many of us don't encounter and/or who suffer from debilitating mental illness; a substantial percentage of the homeless are veterans and we all owe them a debt of gratitude, certainly enough to care for them in their time of acute need. Let us all count our blessings, and those of us who can, consider sending a donation to the homeless shelter in our town.
  • by Cathy Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    That's amazing. What kind of supplies do they need to keep this up? Does the shelter take food donations?
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