Homeless man spends cold nights in tent, but not by choice

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Another tent city is popping up along the Connecticut River. 22News spotted at least seven tents set up in Chicopee for homeless people during one of the coldest weeks of the year.

Not everyone who sleeps in tent chooses to stay outside. 22News spoke with Darron Sherakow who said his criminal record is keeping him out of a shelter. He’s been living in a tent for three weeks.

“I’m waking up freezing cold two, three, four times a night. I have to live off other people’s kindness, people look at me like I’m some type of animal.” said Sherakow.

Sherokow said he’s visited several shelters but still hasn’t been able to find one that will accept him; “I’m trying to get my life together, I’m 50 years old and I don’t know what to do.”

Sherakow added that he’s not using drugs and spent the day actively looking for, but getting turned away from shelters.