SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY– With overnight temperatures dropping toward single digits this week, Lackawanna County has issued a Code Blue. The alert goes into place when temperatures go below 20 degrees, and is designed to give the homeless the heads up to seek shelter.
John Gleason, the executive director of Keystone Mission, says that numbers are concerning when it comes to the amount of people that are generally forced to brave the cold.
“At least 75% of the people we see are truly homeless,” John told Eyewitness News. “They have no address, they’re under the bridge, in a tent.”
Keystone Mission is one of many places in Lackawanna County that will be adjusting its hours to accomodate the weather. The Community Intervention Center, and St. Anthony’s Haven will both be open to the homeless this week.
The Community Intervention Center is open from 8 am to 6 pm.
St. Anthony’s Haven is open overnight from 7:30 pm to 8 am.