13WHAM: Early season chill putting a strain on local homeless shelters

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – Lawrence Greggs has been homeless for ten years. He’s spent the last two at the House of Mercy in Rochester.

He’s used to cold temperatures, but not typically this early.

“It’s really tough. It’s brisk out. A hot meal is more than just something I like to have; it’s one of the reasons why I come here,” said Greggs. “The way the wind is going, and how brisk it is out, you’d be an icicle before you know it.”

Some local shelters say the quick turnaround from seasonable warmth to single-digit wind chills in a short time has put a bigger strain on their resources.

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