Shelters Want Homeless To Come In From Cold
People in Northern Michigan with nowhere else to go are trying to stay warm at local shelters. The manager of the Goodwill Inn says this is always a busy time of year. She says they expect an influx after the holidays and when temperatures drop. Right now the Goodwill Inn is averaging around 80 to 85 people per night. That is getting close to capacity, but the manager says their doors are always open. Safe Harbor, is another option for the area's homeless. It's an overnight shelter during the winter months that rotates between several Traverse City area churches. The program is also averaging about 10 more people per night than usual, but will never turn anyone away. The Goodwill Inn or the police can help you find Safe Harbor's location. Erika Waddell and photojournalist Justin DePrekel have the story.