Cold snap arrives, Bay Area homeless shelters open

The Bay Area is waking up to a cold snap on Monday, and shelters are opening their doors trying to make sure the cold weather doesn't turn deadly.

Shelters are extending their hours-- and opening their doors.

At the Mission Neighborhood Resource center on Capp Street in San Francisco, they opened their doors an hour early on Monday at 6 a.m., and they'll be open 24 hours a day through Wednesday morning offering people a place to go to escape the cold.

Temperatures in the city are expected to bottom out at 37 degrees-- certainly dangerous for anyone out in the elements for a long time.

In response to the cold snap, shelters around the city are expanding their hours of operation-- ready to take in those in need.

Shelter officials will allow any adult who needs a place to occupy any vacant bed at any facility after 8 p.m. without a reservation.

The United Council of Human Services on Jennings will be open 24 hours. The city is offering additional beds at the First Unitarian Church for the first 66 men who show up.

In the South Bay, up to 192 more homeless shelter beds will be available starting Monday in Santa Clara County as temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area drop, county officials said.  The beds will be available through Friday at the Bill Wilson Center, CityTeam Ministries, HomeFirst's Boccardo Reception Center, the Gilroy Armory, LifeMoves' Georgia Travis House, Montgomery Street Inn and 
Project WeHOPE. 

 For more information on shelter locations and warming centers in the county, visit http://bit.ly/SCCshelters.

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