(HorizonPost.com) – Facing homelessness is a tragic burden at any time, but in the winter, particularly in the northern states, the difficulty becomes exponentially harder. The United States is entering into its first winter since the pandemic began, and the Farmer’s Almanac is projecting a colder than average season.
WINTER 2020-21: Couple forecasts are in from our favorites, The Farmer's Almanac & The Old Farmer's Almanac…as usual they disagree. Which do you prefer? Depends on if you want to see much snow… pic.twitter.com/o49rgSOGlF
— David Epperson (@david_epperson) August 28, 2020
Shelters are frequently at, or even over, capacity when the temperature drops below freezing and harsh winds combine to the point that severe frostbite can happen in a matter of minutes. By definition, people in this demographic don’t have a house to stay in, and social-distancing rules mean that the safe havens that do exist can hold only a fraction of their already limited number.
Only time will tell how severe the impact will be on one of the most vulnerable segments of Americans, but it’s not a problem that’s easily solved. Government agencies from municipalities through the federal level are always stretched thin, which means private organizations will bear the brunt. Individuals can help by donating cash and supplies to local charities.
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