City officials transport 37 to emergency shelter

The shelter saw a decrease in the number of homeless transported

January 22, 2014|By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore officials transported 37 homeless people to an emergency overflow shelter Tuesday after a heavy snowstorm struck the region.

"We had 55 encounters," said Connor Scott, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management. "Eighteen refused to come with us."

The city issued a Code Blue alert Tuesday after the storm dumped up to 11 inches in parts of the Baltimore metro area, which prompted officials to open the shelter in the 200 block of Guilford Avenue.

The shelter had last opened earlier this month when the polar vortex brought an extreme cold snap to the region. At that time, the city brought in 117 homeless people.

Scott credited the decrease in the number transported between the two severe weather events to the growing familiarity with the shelter service.

"We had a lot more walk-ins," he said, noting that the shelter aided more than 100 individuals.

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