SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – With freezing temperatures, homeless shelters are welcoming more people with COVID protocols in place as cases continue to rise in the region.
The vice president of the Friends of the Homeless program at Clinical & Support Options in Springfield told us that when the temperatures are this cold, they prepare to see more people.
With COVID-19 spreading across the region, the program is making sure people follow health and safety guidelines to stop the spread while staying warm indoors.
“I had to keep people masked and we’ve spent the last couple of years with a very low positivity rate, but we’ve added some terrific breastfeeding time and our staff and clients are following the guidelines,” the vice said. -President of Housing Bill Miller.
He said they had added an additional building since the COVID hit, and housed nearly 200 people at night and dozens of people in single rooms.
He said the facility is very full and that they advise people who have a place to stay during this cold weather to avoid overcrowding, but will not refuse people who have to sleep outside.
The program is currently seeking volunteers and donations this winter as the program provides people with three hot meals a day.
We also contacted Craig’s Doors in Amherst and they told us that the Amherst VFW on Main Street is also being used as a heated shelter.