New London officials work to get homeless out of the cold - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New London officials work to get homeless out of the cold

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City officials worked to locate homeless people on Wednesday to get them out of the cold (WFSB) City officials worked to locate homeless people on Wednesday to get them out of the cold (WFSB)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

Warming shelters opened up on Thursday throughout Connecticut, as a deep freeze punctuated by high winds will cause deadly conditions for those outside, especially the homeless.

On Wednesday, New London officials went searching for those living in tents to make sure they are staying out of the elements.

"The police and the fire department, they are trained professionals who we are also working with, the Homeless Hospitality Center in particular has been doing extensive outreach over the last several days,” said Jeanne Milstein, director of Human Services.

During the day, the city's senior center will serve as a warming center for anyone wanting to get out of the sub-freezing wind whipped cold.

"We want people to know they have a place to go,” Milstein said.

Many homeless people were seen on Wednesday getting a hot meal at the Montauk Avenue soup kitchen.

"I know where a lot of them live, you know I’ve seen them on the road, you know, and its cold out there too,” said soup kitchen manager Peta Madrye.

New London city officials said it's not necessary to live outside, when many non-profits are opening their doors.

While there is nobody in tents right now, city officials want to make sure the homeless are in a safe spot during the bout of dangerously cold weather.

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