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Red Cross keeps warming center open in uptown

The Red Cross Warming Station opened Monday night for households without heat will remain open through noon Wednesday, due to the continuing cold.

Red Cross officials say 60 people used the center between 8 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday, which it was originally set to close.

The Warming Center, located at 618 North College Street in uptown, is being operated through a partnership with the Red Cross, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management. Volunteer staff and on-site security are provided.

Red Cross Spokeswoman Jennifer Franklin said the decision was made Tuesday to keep the site open after re-assessing the weather conditions and the number of people who remain in need of a warm place to stay.

In addition to the Warming Center, beds for homeless men are available at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, and homeless women and children are being taken in by the Salvation Army Center of Hope.

The Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program has also increased its capacity to place homeless adults and families nightly in churches and college dorms. The program is prepared to taken in as many as 259 Tuesday night.

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