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Charlotte Groups Offer More Space To Homeless As Cold Sets In

As frigid temperatures continue, local groups are making more space available to shelter the area’s homeless population.

Both the Salvation Army Center of Hope Women’s Shelter and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte have increased their capacity.

Urban Ministry Center which manages the Room in the Inn program is encouraging those in need to come to their facility. Room in the Inn coordinates emergency shelter beds with local churches, colleges, and YMCA’s.

The center’s director, Dale Mullennix, says the best thing the public can do is alert the organization if they see people in need of warm housing.

"If people see somebody on the street we would appreciate them going to our website where there is a place where you can register what you saw and where it was," Mullennix said. "Our outreach team will go out and find those people. Just be on the alert for people that you see on the corner that look vulnerable and let us know."

Mecklenburg County has not opened any warming stations yet. At this point, county officials say there’s still enough room in shelters to meet the need.

Sarah Delia covers criminal justice and the arts for WFAE. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.