Broome County Handling Homeless

By WBNG News

January 24, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 4:46 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - It's cold for all of us when we head outside.

But for those who have no home and nowhere to go to stay warm, these cold spells are especially dangerous.

Action News Reporter Lindsay Nielsen joins us from the LIVE DESK with more.

With the cold weather Binghamton YMCA AND YWCA are at capacity.

The homeless are flocking to the shelters.

With temperatures dropping below zero, Broome County has found themselves at capacity and sometimes with an overflow of homeless.

Last year the Homeless Coalition of the Southern Tier reported more than two hundred homeless in Broome County.

Outreach Coordinator Maria Colleyacme says that is double from 2009 and has had overflow herself.

"We have the last few weekends have housed women on our couches in our lounges because we don't turn women away the shelters or anybody away or any of the places don't turn anybody away when it's this cold," says YWCA Outreach Coordinator Maria Colleyacme.

This Friday the Homeless Coalition will be out scanning shelters and the streets to get their annual homeless count.

Colleyacme says she expects to see even more homeless than last year.

This count is mandatory for their grant funding.

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