- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Harsh weather is putting a strain on Asheville shelters as more homeless seek to come inside and take refuge from the storm.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1Sahkxx) when temperatures or wind chills drop below 32 degrees, homeless service providers in Buncombe County designate the day Code Purple. During that time, shelters extend their operating hours and sleeping space so no one has to be outside in the cold.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Executive Director Micheal Woods says the Code Purple designation is expected through Sunday, if not longer. He says area shelters have been in Code Purple every day but three this month.

Woods says that during harsh weather, resources are drained. Shelters like the Christian mission and Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries’ emergency shelter are taking in more people than they would at other times of the year.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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