Local shelters adopt 'no turn away' policy as temperatures drop

As the cold weather creeps in, area shelters are opening their doors to those left to freeze out on the streets.

Some shelters, even adopting a "no turn away" policy to make sure there's a warm, safe place to go for those who need it.

"There are a lot of people dying out here," said George, who is homeless himself.  "The homeless community needs help."

As the temperatures outside take a dive, people like George are left to find a place to seek shelter and stay warm.

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Organizations like the Men's Shelter of Charlotte adopt a "not turn away" policy when the temperatures plummet.

"Offering that space and having a no turn away policy is about saving someone's life," said Randall Hitt, with the Men's Shelter of Charlotte.

Between two locations, the men's shelter houses about 410 guest a night.  When the cold creeps in, that number can increase by about 100 people.

"So far this winter, we've seen an additional 128 folks on top of the 410 between our two shelters," said Hitt. 

"Options are very limited and the community depends on the Saavation Army to respond," said Deronda Meck, with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is willing to accept 50 additional people during the cold front.