Covington emergency shelter extends hours due to cold weather

WCPOPublished: December 28, 2017
Published: December 28, 2017

Victor Meyers knows what it's like to sleep outside.  Meyers and his wife experienced homelessness five years ago, and then he found the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky. Now, he's no longer homeless, but volunteers at the shelter. "It's a way of me giving back, showing that I have been here, going through this, trying to communicate with some of the guests that are here now," he said. The cold weather means that people who are homeless are using the Scott Boulevard emergency shelter to stay warm, and alive. Another local organization said a man experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati froze to death early Tuesday morning. "A scarf and a hat is just not going to cover it tonight," Meyers said. "You need to get inside and you need to let someone take care of you." Now the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky has extended its hours in order to help people who are homeless stay warm amid brutal cold temperatures. They will operate 24 hours a day until the weather breaks, according to Executive Director Kim Webb. She said the man's death in Cincinnati was a big part of why they've extended their hours.  "This is unusual for us," Webb said. "This is us doing the right thing."

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