Temperature Drops Homelessness Goes Up

Amarillo shelters are preparing for a record number homeless during the winter months.

Low donations and the growing number of people looking for a warm bed at night are putting pressure not only on local shelters but the community.

For Karyn, three years on the streets have not been easy, especially during the winter months.   She describes her experience as more than rough, "To be honest it sucks it's very hard during the winter months it's cold. It's hard to find a place to take a shower and get clean and eat".

Salvation Army Major Tim Grider, says when shelters are full and there is no where for the homeless to go, the community sees the effects.   "If your hungry if your cold the mind set of obeying the law gets erased. It's about survival. " Major Grider explains.

Shelters are seeing more families needing help than ever before.  Three years on the streets has taught Karyn a lesson on homelessness.  She says with the economy in an upheaval, anyone could face homelessness.  "How would you feel if you and your children were out in the street or you were out in the street if we don't have those donations to keep this facility up and running or centers up and running then where are these People going to go," Karyn said.

Forcing local shelters to look at the changing face of homelessness and ask the community to help any way they can.

Local shelters stay open year round and as the temperatures have dropped local shelters say they have seen a 10-percent increase compared to last year.