Transitions prepares to help as cold weather approaches

Transitions prepares to help as cold weather approaches

Many people look forward to the month of December for holiday celebrations and time with family.  However, one group of people may not be looking forward to everything that comes with the winter season in the Midlands.

December is most likely to bring a cold snap to Columbia and that leaves the city’s homeless population exposed to freezing temperatures and inclement weather.  Transitions Homeless Center is in charge of running the Inclement Weather Center on Calhoun Street, and they are prepared to take in large amounts of people as the weather gets worse.

The Inclement Weather Center will be open on nights when it will be 40 degrees and below, or between 41-45 degrees with a strong chance of rain/snow.  Transitions CEO Craig Currey said the center is capable of housing up to 240 people per night.

“Nobody needs to be sleeping there on the street when the center is open,” he said.  According to Currey, people in need of spending the night at the IWC will be picked up at the Clean of Hearts building across from the Sumter Street transit station.  The last van will leave at 7 p.m.  No one is to walk to the center and show up there, they must be transported there by van and bus.

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