Extreme winter weather poses many challenges for the homeless

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Posted: February 20, 2014

The Winchester Star

Faye Smith works on a puzzle in her room at the Budget Motel. She was homeless until August. “I love the snow, but it’s not fun when you’ve got to live in it,” she said.
Dale Merchant, 21, looks out the window from the lobby of the Congregational-Community Action Project (C-CAP) building in Winchester on Wednesday. The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) — an 18-week program through local churches that provides homeless individuals with meals and a place to stay in the evening — is now serving 35 adults. Officials say they turn someone away every night. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — It’s been a brutal winter for the area’s homeless population.

“[People] don’t realize how cold it is out there 12 hours straight,” said Patrick Ibinson, 58, who is homeless and…

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