Local homeless shelter sees steady increase

Friends of the Homeless mission is to find permanent housing for their clients

File photo of Friends of the Homeless located at 755 Worthington Street Springfield, Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As night-time temperatures drop, western Massachusetts’ most vulnerable are forced to look for a place to stay warm. The Friends of the Homeless has seen more people needing shelter in Springfield since October.

Men’s shelter manager, David Ware, told 22News 50 additional people have come into the shelter. He said, “Our contingency plan is that we have more blankets, more towels and any supplies for anybody that comes in new, out the cold.”

The Friends of the Homeless mission is to find permanent housing for their clients. They also said they’re seeing a growing need for services.

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