Small shelters combine efforts


Wednesday, December 12th 2007, 10:04 pm
By: News 9


NEWS 9

Several small shelters want to combine their efforts to maximize resources and to offer a more centralized location.

It may not feel like home, but for James Haney, it's warmer than where he was just a day ago.

"It's cold and it's no fun," Haney Said.

Haney is now seeking shelter at the Cox Center with hundreds of others also in need.

Amy Cowart lost power Sunday evening. She is taking advantage of the warm hospitality being offered by The United Way, the Red Cross and the City of Oklahoma City as well.

"Very, very cold. We live in a very old apartment that leaks air really, really bad," Cowart said.

City officials say this is a new effort made by the city.

"This is the first time ever the Cox Convention Center has ever been used as a shelter in this regard," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.

Space is limited and volunteers are asking that the shelter be reserved to only those who have nowhere else to go.

"This is not intended to take the place of help and support you get from family and friends," said Bob Spinks from the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

For further information on shelters or transportation needs, dial 211.