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Lancaster shelter gears up for population increase due to dropping temperatures

Lancaster shelter gears up for population increase due to dropping temperatures

Central Pennsylvania shelters are gearing up for the brutally-frigid weather.

The cold-weather shelter at the Lancaster YWCA is now open for women, at the corner of Lime and Orange Streets.

The shelter's director, Rebecca Saner, tells CBS 21 they're getting a plan in place should they get an influx of people Thursday and through the weekend.

"We've made arrangements to do a weather emergency if we were to get any high amounts of snow" Saner says. "We then would look toward the safety of the women to provide other opportunities for them to stay at Water Street Mission."

The women's shelter is in partnership with the YWCA and the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.

The shelter provides 40 beds, along with showering facilities, plus snacks and drinks.

The shelter is open through March 19, 2017.

Men who are in need of assistance should go to the Water Street Mission.

Volunteers at both shelters are always needed.

For more information head to:

www.lcceh.org

www.wsm.org

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