Atlanta's homeless brace for freezing temps - CBS46 News

Atlanta's homeless brace for freezing temps

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

As the night's freezing weather started to creep in Saturday night, several of Atlanta's homeless could be seen huddled up across the city trying to keep warm.

CBS Atlanta News crews spotted two people set up wrapped in blankets in the doorway of a business in northwest Atlanta.

As the temperature continued to drop into the low 30s, similar scenes played out in the northeast and in downtown.

Katie Bashor, the director of Central Night Shelter, was spotted handing out a blanket to a homeless person outside the shelter.

"It's people up against the church trying to stay warm. It's not an easy thing," said Bashor. "Nobody wants to sleep out, no matter what the temperature."

Like most nights, all of the beds at her shelter were already filled.

Bashor is concerned since the temps will continue to dip into the 20s overnight that things can turn fatal for those sleeping on the streets.

It's why her husband opened the shelter more than 30 years ago.

Bashor said back then, two people froze to death right across the street from the shelter.

"Well, we're walking out and leaving people like this on the street. That's what it's like. We're going home. And it's not an easy thing," said Bashor.

Bashor added that while homelessness is a major concern, mental health is important too, because some people won't go inside no matter how cold it gets.

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