Gearing up for the cold
Montreal's homeless shelters are preparing for the frigid weather we are expecting this week.
Matthew Pearce at the Old Brewery Mission says they were at full capacity last night.
"We're at least at 100% capacity, and tonight we will be, last night we were, which means all the beds would have been taken up."
But once there are no more beds, Pearce says they have camp cots and mattresses they can lay out. They also work with other shelters to make sure no one is left behind.
Montreal police are also gearing up for the cold. They say officers will be increasing their patrols seeking out the homeless, and encouraging them to go to a shelter.
"They know their people, they know the different spots homeless people might be, so they will be more vigilent for their safety," explains police spokesperson Simon Delorme.
He says in life or death situations they may also use their power to force someone to seek shelter.
Over at Sun Youth, the organization is helping less fortunate families who have homes but can't afford to heat them, by providing heating oil in emergency situations.