Operation Deep Freeze and Project Hospitality offer help to Tucson's homeless

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As the temperatures dip down, people living on the streets are searching for a warm place to sleep.

The Salvation Army opened its doors Sunday for the fifth night of Operation Deep Freeze.

A line began to form outside the hospitality house near Main and Speedway around 3:00 sunday afternoon. Dozens of people already felt the effects of a frigid forecast.  And patiently waited for a solution to a simple request.

"Somewhere to eat and some where to sleep that's all," said Brad.

After checking in, people like Howard Dates Jr. couldn't wait for the taste of a hot meal.  "It's just great that we have places that open up to help people, ya know," said Howard.

Howard's one of about 60 homeless people who came to the hospitality house for Sunday night's Operation Deep Freeze.  It takes effect whenever the temperature dips below 35 degrees or 40 degrees when there's rain.

"It's the best place to be than out in the cold," said Howard.

Sunday was also the start of the Salvation Army's "Project Hospitality".  The hospitality house coordinates with more than 35 religious organizations to take in a certain number of homeless people at night.  The program runs until March.

"When the desert temperatures start taking effect and its so cold, it becomes very dangerous, especially for seniors and children, so a warm place and coats and blankets go a long way in to helping save lives," said Tamara McElwee of the Salvation Army.

Howard and others hope they''ll have a place of their own to go to one day soon.

"I'm just gonna be hopeful and optimistic that everythings gonna work out," said Howard.

But until then, they've got food to eat and a warm place to sleep on these cold winter nights.

The Salvation Army's always in need of more blankets, coats and food during the winter months to find out how you can help.