Homeless on the rise in Springfield during warmer months

No one is turned away at the Friends of the Homeless

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite warmer temperatures, a Springfield homeless shelter said they’re seeing more people now, than in colder months.

Friends of the Homeless shelter executive director Bill Miller told 22News the need for services continues to grow. He said about 25 more people came to the Springfield shelter this month, than this time last year.

Miller said the opioid crisis is at least partly responsible for that increase; “We’re funded for about 133 per night. We’re averaging 160 a night right now. There’s really no good time to be living outdoors. If you’re homeless, you want to be in a shelter.”

Miller said the shelter will find ways to cover the expense of the increase in people. He said no one is turned away.

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