EUGENE, Ore. — It’s going to be a pretty chilly outside Wednesday night, and those without homes in town are having to deal with the dropping temperatures.
First Christian Church downtown is one of the locations for the Egan Warming Centers. Normally, folks would be heading through the front doors to warm shelter, but that is not the case Wednesday night.
Though our team has predicted a low below 30 degrees–the key to the centers being open–the warming centers are closed.
Organizers say it’s tough to be exact when it comes to weather prediction, and they do the best they can with the resources they have.
Those that use the warming center and other shelters say the stipulation should be changed.
“I can’t believe the number is as low as it is. It should be higher, because I mean 30 degrees or even 35 degrees, that’s terrible to be out in,” said shelter occupant Mark Davis.
Organizers say the only other option folks have on nights like this is the Eugene Mission.
Coordinators at the Eugene Mission say they expect about 400 to 500 people, if not more, on nights like this. They are doing their best to accommodate as many as possible, even putting out sleeping bags on the church floors to help folks stay warm.