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As the Hudson Valley plunges into a deep freeze Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is getting the word out about the services the county and other agencies are offering for homeless people to keep them safe and warm. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny has more.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- For Colin Jarvis serving the homeless is not only his job, but his passion. So when he heard about a homeless man in Highland Falls, who died from exposure to the cold temperatures, it was his worst fear come true.
"Heartbreaking absolutely heartbreaking," said Colin Jarvis, Newburgh Ministry Executive Director.
Jarvis is the Executive Director of Newburgh Ministry, which runs a 19 bed shelter on Johnston Street in the city. With the cold weather, Jarvis says there’s too many people and not enough beds.
"There are folks that we cannot accommodate in terms of shelter and you know we have had to use the County's Emergency Housing Services to help us house individuals that we're not able to house," said Jarvis.
And getting that information out there is something County Executive Steve Neuhaus says is critical to protecting the homeless and saving lives.
"With all the resources that Orange County has the not for profits, our mental health, our social services, we need to get the message out to the public to say there are services available to help these individuals," said Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Executive.
By calling 211, Neuhaus says anyone can get information about shelters, agencies and other non-profits, that provide services like meals, a place to stay and counseling.
"If they're homeless we can get them placed into a home a warm bed, three meals a day, to get them back on their feet to get them back into a warm element," said Neuhaus.
"It’s become a matter of life and death for those individuals," said Jarvis.
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