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It’s a place no one wants to be during the winter, outside in the cold with nowhere to go. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has more on the story.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- “Nights like this when it’s icy and cold were very concerned," said Rabbi Joel Schwab, Greater Middletown Interfaith Council President.
Top that with expected below zero temperatures overnight, and that equals dangerous conditions.
"We offer them a place to lie down and go to sleep on a cot with blankets and a hot meal," said Schwab.
Friday night many were lining up in front of the Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Middletown to get shelter from the cold,
"One of the things were really afraid of is there’s a tendency for the homeless when it gets very cold and very snowy they find a place to hunker down and stay there," Schwab added.
“We’ve direct federal and state aid along with county aid to really focus on solving a problem," said Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive.
Lawmakers in Dutchess County are working to improve the quality of life for the area's homeless population.
“We've focused on supporting emergency shelters and making them available to individuals as well as helping them move from emergency shelter to permanent solution," Molinaro added.
The county gave more than $3.8 million to local organizations with $3.1 million going towards Hudson River housing.
Hudson River Housing helps people find long term homes, and in the short term, provides emergency shelter for the local homeless population.
"To move people from emergency shelter to permanency if you will in new affordable housing options," Molinaro went on to say.
All in an effort, to keep everyone safe.
"Give them a place to be overnight so they have a place to sleep, very simple," said Schwab.
Rabbi Schwab says many people come into the shelter do have a job, but just don't make enough money to afford a place to stay.