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Help for Homeless Trying To Find Warmth In Bitter Cold

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Reginald Hardwick
Snowy weather in South Lansing

Homeless shelters in Lansing and Jackson say dozens of people sought refuge during this week of bitterly cold temperatures but they have room for more. 

Jackson Interfaith Shelter 517.789.8735


A homeless shelter in Jackson says it is at capacity during this week’s bitterly cold temperatures but it can take more people if needed. The 32 beds for men and 46 beds for women and children at Jackson Interfaith Shelter are full. But anyone needing a place to stay at night this week is still welcome to an overflow room, according to manager Katie Anderson.

“We do have furnaces that work and places that they can sit and put their head down and relax," said Anderson. "They can enjoy a hot breakfast in the morning and lunch and dinner also.”

City Rescue Mission of Lansing 517.485.0145

Anderson said the shelter closes at 10:00 p.m. for security reasons but people can knock on the door to be let in after hours.

The Jackson Interfaith Shelter is located at 414 South Blackstone Street in Jackson. Call 517.789.8735 for information.

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing housed nearly 150 homeless people on Sunday night, according to Laura Grimwood, director of communications.

People who need housing are encouraged to call 517.485.0145 to sign-up for the agency's day shelters. The shelter for women and children operates at 2216 S. Cedar Street between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The men's shelter operates at 607 E. Michigan Avenue between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

On Monday night, the Outreach drop-in shelter began overnight operations. It is open at 601 N. Larch in Lansing between 6:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.


Monday night-Tuesday morning is expected to be bitterly cold again. Cort Scholten is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. He says winds chills Tuesday morning will be worse than they were on Monday.

"So the wind chills will be once again below zero, possibly as low as 10 degrees below zero is what it may feel like to any exposed skin if you’re not covered up," said Scholten.

Credit National Weather Service

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