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Out of the Cold program provides shelter during freezing temperatures

The program started four years ago with the intent to provide individuals and families with a shelter during low temperatures.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — As we approach the colder season, people without housing are the most affected. The Out of the Cold program in San Angelo helps people by providing a warm place to stay when temperatures drop to 35 degrees or below. 

The Out of the Cold program started four years ago with the intent to provide individuals and families with a shelter during low temperatures. 

“We monitor the weather channel at four o’clock that afternoon, if the forecast shows it’s going to be 35 degrees or colder by five o’clock in the morning we activate the program and then we find shelter for any homeless individual that needs sheltering,” City of San Angelo Neighborhood & Services Director Bob Salas said. 

The Out of the Cold program in San Angelo is sponsored by the Concho Valley Homeless Coalition and managed by the Salvation Army. Individuals are assisted through the Salvation Army and offered a place to stay at a local shelter. 

Salas says the San Angelo Police Department also plays a huge role by offering shelter to individuals in the streets during colder temperatures.

“If they see a homeless person, if they encounter someone that needs shelter and it is going to be that cold, they will take action,” Salas said. 

The Big Country also offers individuals with a warm place to stay and the Salvation Army in Abilene provides sheltering year round. 

“Even when the temperature drops down to 46 degrees, it's still cold and we have our implemented weather shelter and we also have our day shelter when it gets below 46 degrees outside as well,” Abilene Salvation Army Captain Joshua McKain said. 

To help the out of the cold program visit salvationarmy.com.