Shelter available during Mahoning Valley cold snap

Some people are staying under bridges in Mahoning County, but local rescue missions are offering shelter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Reports show there are more than 220 homeless people in Mahoning County alone.

During days like Thursday with sub-zero wind chills, some stay in tents under bridges to stay out of the elements.

One of those locations, under the Spring Commons Bridge in Youngstown, showed evidence of people living there Thursday morning, including pairs of boots outside of tents, and a ladder so people could go to and from the group of tents.

If you, or someone you know, needs a warm place to stay today, the Salvation Army warming center is open again today until 6 o’clock. They also serve hot meals every afternoon at 1501 Glenwood Avenue.

The New Middletown Municipal Building is open to people who need daytime shelter from the cold.

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is seeing an influx of people looking for shelter. Mission  representatives say their doors are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and that they will never turn anyone away.

“We never close. We have the space, it’s warm. It’s safe. There’s food. Don’t risk it, its just not worth it,” Executive Director Jim Echement said.

In sub-zero degree temperatures, frostbite can set in within 10 minutes.

Remember, you can call Help Hotline at 211 if you need a warm place to stay while temperatures are cold.

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