Corpus Christi’s homeless are gearing up for a chilly week.
“I don’t know where I’m going, plain and simple,” said Johnny, a homeless person.
Overnight lows are expected to be near freezing levels. Those who can’t find room at a local shelter will have to find other ways to keep warm.
“Bundle up as much as I can, probably look for a tent, maybe a one-man tent or something and get some cover,” said John, another of Corpus Christi’s homeless.
When temperatures drop, local shelters take in as many homeless as possible. But demand outweighs supply, leaving many homeless stuck out in the cold.
“Everybody is gonna be way full to capacity,” said Candyman, a homeless person. “They’re going to be doing everything they can. When one shelter gets full, they’ll try and call another one. Sometimes there’s not enough, depends on how many people are coming through town.”
One local charity stopped outside City Hall Monday afternoon with warm clothes.
“This guy just gave me a jacket, I didn’t have a jacket,” said ‘John’. “I got a beanie, I got some socks.
“I’m really warm, I’m very grateful.”
Some homeless even picked up items with others in mind.
“I’m gonna get a blanket now,” said Candyman. “If I don’t end up using it, somebody you run into will.”
A small, heartwarming act on a cold night.
“Everybody out here ain’t bad,” said Johnny. “It’s cold out here man, that’s just the way it is. You got good people and bad people out here.”
Charities will be out to help during the cold front with warm meals, hot chocolate, and blankets. The homeless say they appreciate the efforts, but wish there was more room inside shelters.