Duluth homeless shelters over capacity

By KBJR News 1

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Homeless shelters such as Chum and Loaves and Fishes are giving those who are homeless a place to get out of the cold.

Members with loaves and fishes say their homes are over capacity and have people sleeping on the floor and even in the laundry room to give them a place to stay.

They also say they have helped several people who have severe frostbite from not covering up properly.

CHUM has also seen an increase in people seeking shelter from the cold and are accommodating many people.

"We make room, we have bunk beds and mats on the floor, we put mats on the floor in the TV room. We have a good sprinker system, good air exchange system and over night staff so we are just fortunate to be able to offer this," said Kim Randulph, the Director of Stabilization.

While CHUM says they have seen more people come through the shelter during the cold, they know there are more still on the streets.

Homeless advocate agencies are asking people to call the outreach hotline 218-461-8505 if they know of someone who is homeless and needs a warm place to stay.

Chum and Loaves and Fishes are in need of men's and women's winter jackets and boots. Donations can be left at CHUM (102 W 2nd Street) from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday, or Loaves & Fishes (1712 Jefferson Street) from 9am and 9pm every day.