With another blast of arctic air on the way, homeless shelter freeing up additional beds

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Another blast of arctic air is expected to move in mid-week, and dangerous wind chills are possible. The FOX6 Weather Experts say we could see wind chills around -10 to -25 during the day this Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th.

With that in mind, the “Guest House” homeless shelter in Milwaukee has already opened its overflow rooms.

On any given night, they can take in as many as 86 people, but on bitterly cold nights, they free up an additional 15 beds.

And they could use your help!

“Pretty much we look for like hats, gloves, socks, underwear — anything that can help the guys in the cold,” Guest House Residential Services Specialist Caesar Banks said.

Another resource for those in need: Any time the temperature drops below 10 degrees, Repairers of the Breach warming shelter will stay open overnight.

CLICK HERE to monitor the forecast via FOX6Now.com.


  • Jessica

    It is a commmon tactic of homeless shelters to keep a number of beds as “overflow”. That way, in the summer, when there are fewer people seeking shelter, they can use the 86beds as the count to say they are full abd had to turn people away. By repeatedly saying they are full, donors give more. Usually, the donors dont know that there are additional perfectly good beds going empty night after night. Its a tragic truth of nonprofit shelters.

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