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Old Adamsville emergency shelter takes in homeless during cold temps

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

More than 40 people stayed overnight at the Old Adamsville Emergency Shelter in northwest Atlanta to get out of the cold. The shelter is expecting another large group on Saturday.

Thaddeus Holeman was at Woodruff Park panhandling on Friday when a friend told him about the emergency shelter.

"They're going to give you food, you can stay overnight, a bed and they're going to give you a coat in the morning and I was like oh I'm with that."

Holeman has spent many nights sleeping on the cold outdoor pavement so it was an offer he couldn't pass up. Gateway Center, another Atlanta-area homeless shelter, brought Holeman and others to the shelter after their own space hit capacity.

"It's considered low barrier," said Crisis Intervention Manager Mark Henderson. "People can kind of go and come as they please."

Dozens of people got a good night's rest in the heated center. They were fed and able to take showers. Henderson said more resources are needed to help the homeless long term.

"It's sad because at the end of the day, we are an emergency cold weather shelter so when it warms up, a lot of these people are going to go back outside."

Holeman said he's thankful just to be in the shelter for one day.

"I'm not a rich man. I'm on a fixed income. I hustle and I do what i gotta do to make ends meet out here."

The shelter will be open until about 2PM Sunday afternoon, when temperatures start to rise.