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Homeless shelters, warming centers see greater demand with colder weather

Homeless (properly sized - Wikicommons)
Homeless (properly sized - Wikicommons)

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A brief cold snap has Wisconsin homeless shelters bracing for more business. The demand for emergency housing remains relatively high, and the Emergency Shelter in Appleton is trying to get other shelters in the Fox Valley to work together. Jerome Martin says there are a half-dozen homeless shelters from Oshkosh to Green Bay -- and they can keep people off the streets if they combine their efforts.

The Fox Valley Warming Shelter has been busy this year, with more 10,000 overnight stays for the year ending September first. That's about a-third more than the previous year.

Overnight temperatures dipped into the teens this week for the first time this fall. It was 12 degrees in Hayward at seven o'clock this morning -- and it was 15 as far south as Sparta. Those kind of temps won't stay around, though. Forecasters say a new front will keep tonight's lows in the mid-to-upper-30's statewide, with a new chance of rain and-or light snow in the north into tomorrow. Highs are expected to be in the 40's each day through the weekend, with a slight cool-down on Veterans' Day Monday.

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