Washington homeless shelter extends hours due to cold temperatures

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Some area homeless shelters are extending their hours due to the cold winter temperatures.

In Washington, the Zion Shelter is letting people in two hours earlier.

Shelter manager Jonathan Gaskins said they have space for twelve men, and they fill up quickly during the wintertime.

Gaskins says the homeless wait in local establishments like the laundromat and park until the shelter opens up.

“The human body is not designed to take these freezing temperatures full time, so we hope to save some lives, we hope to make some folks happy,” Gaskins says.

Gaskins says they are looking to move into a new building so they can keep their doors open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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