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Shelters open for homeless to escape cold

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With frigid temperatures and wind chills expected in the coming days, shelters across the metro are providing services during Operation White Flag.

A white flag shelter is one in which the homeless can come in during cold weather, no matter the capacity.

"Most of the shelters make accommodations when it's this cold so folks can stay in, especially during these white flag days when it's dangerous to stay outside. We don't want any of our homeless folks freezing to death on the streets," Wayside Christian Mission's Nina Moseley said.

The homeless may seek warmth from the street in restaurants, coffee shops or stores as long as they purchase an item and do not panhandle.

"Most owners will allow them to stay. Usually, they're asked to leave or escorted from the premises when someone stays hours, doesn't purchase anything or misbehaves," Moseley said.

Even when the less fortunate buy a cup of coffee or hot tea, they may encounter an unwelcoming atmosphere where others find warm conversation.

However, Java Brewing Company managers say that attitude is not tolerated. "If you get a cup of coffee, you're a customer. And you can stay as long as you like," Megan Neagli said, Java's event coordinator.

The following shelters are open during Operation White Flag:

The Healing Place for Men: (502) 584-6606

The Healing Place for Women: (502) 568-6680

The Salvation Army: (502) 625-1170

Society of St. Vincent DePaul: (502) 584-2480

Wayside Christian Mission: (502) 584-3711

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