The Road Home provides shelter for Utah homeless

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 29, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY - Cold overnight temperatures may be hard on everyone, but they're particularly difficult on Utah's homeless population.

The Road Home in downtown Salt Lake City says they're entering their busy season with temperatures far below normal.

"It's a crucial time for people who are homeless in Utah when it gets this cold, being outside can really cause problems; frostbite even death," said Michelle Flynn, associate executive director at The Road Home.

Flynn says they had more than 1,000 families and single men and woman on Friday night, providing warmth and assistance for people living on the streets.

"Everybody who needs a place has a place to stay," Flynn said.

The Road Home has two overflow shelters and the resources and staff to make room for a place indoors so they don't have to turn anyone away, especially when overnight low temperatures are forecasted to be in the teens.