Homeless in the cold

What do you do when you have no where to go in these frigid temperatures? At last check, there were more than 600 homeless people in the tri-county area. And while all of them want to find somewhere warm to go when it gets cold, it's not always possible. "You could die in weather like this if you don't have the right stuff to cover up with," says Ross, a 23 year old homeless man. He is spending his first night in the Good Shepherd Center. On nights like this, when the temperature drops below freezing, he'll do whatever he can to stay warm. "An abandoned building, on the street, under a bridge, outside. It's scary, it's no fun. No fun at all," he says. Billy has been homeless off and on since 1996, and knows all too well what it's like to struggle through a cold winter night. "If you couldn't get in here, you have camps and stuff all over town," says Billy. "I'd kick a door in. I'm not going to stand out there and freeze to death." "It's absolutely frustrating and a little disheartening, says Katrina Knight, Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Center. The center is one of a handful of shelters where people can stay overnight in Wilmington. when the center created a night shelter with 118 beds to accommodate more homeless people, she didn't expect it to be filled nearly every night of the year. And when it's especially cold, some homeless people who might otherwise seek shelter in the woods or their cars place an even greater burden on the center. Still, they do anything they can to accommodate more people when the temperature plummets. "We routinely add a cot here or a mat there in order to not have to turn individuals away," says Knight. She says they've never had to turn away a family with small children. She points to the lack of affordable housing in the greater cape fear area as the main reason why so many are homeless. She says many of the people who live at Good Shepherd have jobs, but still can't afford to rent or buy a home in this area.

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Thank you Guest0iw for being smart enough to know you don't have the financial means to have a child. So many people don't think about that aspect, drop kids while still teenagers and then look for that government handout.
"Drop kids?" "Government handout?" What you mean WIC where you get about $100 a month in free diapers and formula? Or those tens of dollars available to my grandmom to raise my child for me? It would be so much nicer to have a mom or dad who stole the futures out from under a bunch of struggling and hopeful young families by pushing them into a subprime mortgage. If my mom or dad had money I could always take from them like your children do. But my father died in the first Bush War and my mom spent her life at a teller window just before she went into a diabetic coma from an illness she had no idea had invaded her body and thanks to the doctors she saw for months prior telling them she felt like crud they never in one single visit ordered any blood work and just patted her on the back and told her she had the flu, and handed her a handfull of presciptions. Thanks to them my mom died 3 years ago at 45. And before you ask, the life insurance money paid off my school loan and is being used to help my brother who has autism. I believe if you took off your predjudicial spectacles you would see that most people around you are just like me, working and poor. And just for you information, as if you are entitiled to any personal information whatsoever, the reason I haven't "dropped" any children is because I don't have time to lay down for anything but sleep!
Then thank you for being too tired to produce welfare dependents. I was trying to give you a complement for making a wise choice and don't need your life story.
"Then thank you for being too tired to produce welfare dependents." Who's to say she would produce welfare dependants? You sit in church every Sunday and God hasn't set you straight yet about being such a bigot?
Here is what Guest0iw said "I barely make it and could never do that and support a child. So if she can't support that child, who does? WELFARE. You need to live up to your name, Pay attention! and read ALL the words.
What is your 4 year degree in that you can only make 20k a year? Have you thought about a part time job?
I graduated from UNCW and barely found a job around there making 20,500 a year. There are no jobs in Wilmington. IF you are to want to live on your own it is really hard to afford it. Finally I gave up and realized better jobs were in Raleigh and Charlotte. I got here to Raleigh and still had trouble finding anything making more than 25K. It is competitive. However Wilmington is the worst place. I try to tell everyone there now that if you are at UNCW you WON'T be able to stay there unless you are really lucky or just want to be a waitress or bartender. Come to Raleigh or move to Charlotte if you want to stay in NC. As for me I am still broke and living end to end but now am in graduate school looking for a part time job to help pay my rent and car payment.
I agree that it's mostly substance abuse vs housing prices. There are alot of houses under $180k in Wilmington. If they're on their own, get a 1 bedroom apartment which would be even cheaper. If Wilmington is too expensive then try neighboring counties. And for those that say it's not a substance issue...then why in alleys, backyards and in bushes are there always tons of beer cans, liquor bottles and cigarette packs. Sure not all have substance abuse but a majority do. If you can afford those things daily, then you can afford rent. It's all about priorities.
The main reason for homelessness, even here in Wilmington, is substance abuse and/or mental illness. National estimates put the figure at around seventy percent of homeless. Hmmmm....then again, I guess you can't afford a home if whatever money you can find, scrounge, or beg is dedicated to cigarettes, booze, or crack. Wouldn't it be a great world if everyone managed their own life responsibly?
NOT EVERY THATS HOMELESS HAS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR BEGG I HAVE A FRIEND THATS HOMELESS SHE NOT HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THESE REASONS SHE HOMELESS BECAUSE WHA WOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL SHE GOT HER RENT MONEY TOGEHTER SHE WORK AND IS A SINGLE MOTHER AND IT SEEM LIKE THEY COULD HAVE HELPED HER ALIITLE. BUT THEONES WHO LIE AND DONT WANT TO PAY SHIT THEY LET THEM SLIDE WITH COURT PAPERS.
What in the world are you talking about? Who put her out and what's the deal with court papers. Please explain a little bit more.