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Homeless and Cold

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Dozens of homeless are fighting to stay alive as temperatures drop below freezing. Many said they have nowhere to turn to, but the streets to stay warm.

Billy Freiburger who has battled homelessness for nearly 2 years, told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that every day is a struggle to survive.

"I got gloves on it's still cold, I don't know what I'm going to do and I'm out of charcoal," said Freiburger.

Frieburger said he lays down to rest behind restaurants, in car washes or the woods. Several struggling with homelessness said some nights they have no where to turn to because local churches and assistance programs are at capacity.

"I just think about home, my grandparents, my daddy and momma," said Freiburger. " I think about everything and wishes days could get better."

"There is only so many people who can come and after that you are just basically left to the streets," said Laney Fowler. "It's desperate, real desperate and it hurts a lot, but there ain't nothing I can do about it but just have hope and just keep on."

With the temperatures dropping below freezing, finding shelter and staying warm could be mean life or death for anyone sleeping on the streets.

"I am afraid, there's no telling what could happen, I pray for somebody to help," said Augusta Oviedo.

Jackson Police said if they were to see someone out on the streets with nowhere to go after 6 o'clock, they said there is nothing they can do to help because area assistance programs stop accepting homeless by 6 o'clock. People within the homeless community said the relief programs need more shelters, beds and supplies.

If you would like to help any of the area assistance programs contact Open Arms Foundation at (731) 660-6291, RIFA (731) 427-7963 or Area Relief Ministries at (731) 423-9257. or visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org



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