Cold-weather shelters provide help as cold weather blasts Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Some Central Florida communities are opening up cold-weather shelters as a cold blast of winter moves in this weekend.

One of the shelters is at The Salvation Army headquarters in Orlando.

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There are three shelters: the women and children’s shelter, the men’s shelter, and then COVID tents, which have been up for the past two years, so people are able to social distance.

Beds inside the shelters were starting to fill up Saturday evening.

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Typically, 300 beds are filled at the shelters throughout the night, but on cold nights, they’re prepared to take more, even if it means putting makeshift beds on the floor.

“We can take an overflow of 50 to 60 people if they show up in need of our services,” said Capt. Ken Chapman with The Salvation Army. “If it gets really bad, we do have a relationship with some extended stay hotels where we can put families up.”

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There are generator running nearby powering heaters inside of the tents.

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