Helping Broome County’s homeless during freezing temperatures

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On frigid winter nights like Friday, the temperatures can reach a dangerous level. That’s why many agencies in Broome County are continuing to take people off the streets to give them a warm place to stay.

For a list of Broome County Homeless Housing Resources, click here.

Broome County’s YWCA Executive Director Carole Coppens said homelessness is not just an issue during the winter.

“We do the same thing every day of every year in helping to keep homeless people housed,” explained Coppens. “We do our best to find them, and help them come in to find housing.

Coppens told 12 News, “We are not seeing a decrease in homelessness in our community at all.”

She also explained the open door policy at the YWCA.

“They meet with a case manager, and intake is completed to determine what’s the cause of their homelessness and a plan for helping them to get out of, to solve whatever the issues are,” said Coppens. “They have a bed here we don’t turn anyone away especially on a day like today.”

If you are someone you know is in a housing crisis, the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition encourages you to call 2-1-1.

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