“Catholic Charities is helping with any housing related emergencies by assisting in getting persons connected to resources within the communities we serve,” she told CNA.
The Green Bay Catholic Charities affiliate has a temporary wintertime shelter with 84 beds. The gym at St. Norbert College or several churches can help host any overflow.
Minnesota is also suffering from the extreme weather.
“It’s cold. This is probably the coldest it’s been in quite a while,” said Julia Jenson, a spokeswoman for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “With the wind chill, it makes it so much colder.”
Jenson said the agency has four to five shelters, including one for families and another for homeless youth. The shelters have a total capacity of about 1,000.
“Basically we’re just trying to keep people safe and off the streets and provide help where we can,” Jenson told CNA Jan. 6.
The agency has opened its shelters for a longer period. Its care coordinators and case managers are also checking on the vulnerable elderly to see if they have heat or need help for applying for heat assistance. The agency is also making food deliveries through programs like Meals on Wheels.
“We have a lot of these clients who are living at the poverty level,” she said. “We want to check in on them, especially the elderly folks to make sure that they are staying warm and keeping their apartments at the appropriate temperature.”