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San Jose Officials Help Homeless With Freezing Temperatures

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – An overnight freeze warning has been declared for Santa Clara Valley, leaving the homeless scrambling for shelter.

The Montgomery Street Inn becomes a popular destination when freezing temperatures are in the forecast.

The facility serves as a homeless shelter for dozens looking to get out of the bitter, freezing cold, like this unnamed man.

KCBS' Chris Filippi Reports:

"I was freezing to death. I have so many layers of clothes on, it's pitiful," he said. "But it's too cold out here."

Those who stay on the streets are trying to rely on plenty of blankets to stay warm.

The Community Homeless Alliance Ministry is handing out about 200 blankets on Tuesday night to those in need.

"There's 7,000 homeless and 2,000 shelter beds so that disparity is 5,000," said Pastor Scott Wagers. "People that are literally on the streets and that number is greater than in San Francisco."

Many of the homeless said they have been thankful for a dry winter although the forecast is changing this week, with rain expected in the Bay Area.

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