Homeless shelters preparing for 4-day freeze

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:04 AM

PHOENIX -- With a freeze in the air, those spending nights outdoors are doing what they can to stay warm.

“This is going to be a big problem for me, I have nowhere to go and stay warm, so pretty much I am worried now, ha,” said Michael Williams, who is homeless.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) at 12th Avenue and Madison Street is the collecting ground for a warm place to sleep.

“Sitting here with a hoodie and a jacket on and just get me another blanket to throw on, pretty much that's it. You walk around a lot, you stay warm until next time you get into the building,” said Ron Pickerel, who is homeless.

With four days of temps below freezing the main, overflow, and second overflow shelter for the CASS will all be open in order to create enough space for about 1,100 adult homeless men and women.

“It's hard to believe in Phoenix that it would be this cold," said Theresa Graff who is homeless and preparing for the freeze. "I don't know what's going on, but i just hope that everybody has enough blankets and everybody stays warm. God bless everyone and they're in my prayers,”

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