With overnight temperatures dropping into the 20’s and the teens in many areas of the state, more focus is placed on the plight of the homeless who are desperate to find shelter. Brenda Coltrane is director of House of Hope of the Pee Dee in the Florence area. Coltrane says ideally they want to help as many people as they can, but for her facility for women and children space is limited.
Coltrane says her organization has a shelter for men in another area of Florence County.
Cindi Goodin is executive director of The Haven in the city of Spartanburg. Goodin says homelessness just doesn’t occur when the weather is cold. It’s a 365-day-a-year struggle for many, especially in these tough economic times. Goodin says her shelter has a waiting list. Goodin says in these times of economic uncertainty, double digit unemployment and homelessness, she has made allowances for people who need to stay longer at the shelter.