Lehigh Valley

Warming centers increase in importance during winter months

EASTON, Pa. - As the temperature drops, shelters and warming centers across the Lehigh Valley get very busy.

The decision on whether to take advantage of warming centers could be a matter of life or death.

Jeff Poch, director of Safe Harbor Easton, said two homeless people died in November after sleeping out in the elements and said local warming centers are encouraging people to come in from the cold.

Poch said unlike shelters, which have a limited number of beds, warming centers are open to anyone.

The centers opened Dec. 1 and will be available nightly throughout the end of March.

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