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No Shelter For Some From The Cold

The wind is whipping across Greenville and Eastern Carolina, and everywhere you look, people are bundled up in heavy jackets, scarves and gloves - hurrying to get inside out of the cold.

But for some, like Rusty Craft, getting in out of the cold is not possible. Craft is homeless and says he hasn't seen weather this bad in a long time. Aside from his jacket, he has just a sleeping bag to keep warm.

The director of the Greenville Community Shelter says she worries about the homeless facing the elements, and says the shelter is doing emergency cold weather intake right now - meaning people who need a warm place to stay at night can stay at the shelter for up to 72 hours. The only problem is that right now, the shelter can only accept women because the men's side is full - so men like Craft are stuck in the cold.

Craft says, "You have to go to the laundry mat or just keep walking at night. Just keep walking - if you sit still, you'll freeze, so you gotta keep moving."

The Greenville Community Shelter says it's allowing people living there to spend the day inside right now because of the extreme cold. Normally, healthy people are asked to leave at 8:00 a.m. and can return at 6:00 p.m.


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