Dangerous cold straining St. Louis City’s funds for shelters

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – When the sun sets, the temperatures will plummet and area shelters are expecting a full night, as those without housing, will seek shelter from the dangerous cold.

This will be the 27th night this winter that the city has been forced to open this overflow shelter for the homeless and others in need of a place to stay warm.  The trouble is, they only budgeted for 20 nights at the beginning of the year.

But with some of the heaviest snowfall and lowest temperatures in years already in the books, and more frigid wind chills headed our way over the next 24 hours, the city has burned through all the nights they had allotted for the entire winter season.  This with a solid month and a half left in the cold weather season.  City officials say they have their work cut out for them, but they made one promise, they will keep this place open as long as necessary regardless of budgetary planning.

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