Gimme Shelter

Harris Golden ran down Church Street in New Haven, scurrying to get out of the cold Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, it's about to get even colder across Connecticut.  For many that means the layers get added on.

"Bundle up, turn up the heat," that's how Harris Golden planned to deal with the frigid temperatures.  "Stay inside as much as I can and maybe sleep in."

But where do you go during the day if you sleep in a homeless shelter at night, like Russ Golod?  Golod says he has a "secret spot" where he goes during the day to stay warm, but Golod won't have to hide there.  New Haven shelters are extending hours because of the arctic air.

The Immanuel Baptist Shelter on Grand Ave. and the Columbia House shelter are staying open during the day, as well as at night, during the cold spell.

"It would probably be a matter of life and death," said Jonathan Carlson of New Haven.  "I know alot of people who have had frostbite and have had limbs taken off because there is nowhere to go."

In West Haven, the city is also taking action against the cold.  The former Senior Center in the basement of City Hall will open as a shelter from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

West Haven officials say they'll extend the hours if necessary, so no one has to sleep in the cold.

Governor Jodi Rell has also put 10 armories across the state on standby to open as shelters if needed.

"No one is going to be turned away," Gov. Jodi Rell said. "If someone calls and says I have no place to be tonight, let us know. We will find a place for them to be."

You can find a list of open shelters by calling the state's free information line: 2-1-1. 

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