POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - For most, escaping snowstorms and freezing temperatures is as easy as stepping inside your home. However, it’s much more challenging to stay warm if you’re homeless. In some cases, the fight to stay warm can be deadly.
According to the United States Interagency Council of Homelessness, there are more than 500,000 people experiencing chronic homelessness daily. Idaho contributes more than 2,000 homeless according to the most recent count in 2018.
The federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently granted $4.2 million towards supporting homeless assistance programs in the state. In total, Idaho will receive $4,234,119 to support 27 projects across the state. However, hundreds of people in the state don't know where they will sleep tonight.
"When we are full and other places are full, I just don’t know what their other options are at this time,” shelter manager at Aid For Friends, Tami Moore said.
Aid for Friends shelter is at full capacity during the winter months and the homeless have to rely on others in the city to open their doors. First Baptist Church of Pocatello holds a warming shelter when it gets below 15 degrees. They are currently looking for volunteers to help work the night shift. If you would like to participate, you can call (208) 232-6305.