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Bitterly cold temperatures continue across the region.  As WNPR’s Diane Orson reports, area homeless shelters are filled to capacity.

The deep freeze arrived early this winter.  Arctic air from the northernmost provinces of Canada has moved into eastern 2/3rds of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures to the region.  Homeless shelters in Connecticut are seeing greater demand  - earlier than in most winters.  At New Haven’s Columbus House, executive director Alison Cunningham says shelters are filled beyond capacity:

"We put cots up around the shelters. It makes it pretty crowded. We’re lucky that we haven’t had more than 100 come for services and we’re grateful for that. We’re kind of holding our breath through the rest of this month in anticipation of rising numbers."

Starting January 11th through the end of March, Columbus House will partner with 20 New Haven-area religious congregations.  Each congregation has agreed to house 10 to 12 homeless men for one week. 

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson