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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Grassroots' cold weather shelter set to open Monday

With the area already seeing its share of below-freezing nights, the 12th season of Howard County's Grassroots cold weather shelter program is set to start Monday. The shelter, housed on a rotating basis by county faith communities, was started to serve people who are unable to find emergency shelter when the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is full. Last year, 87 people benefited from the cold weather shelter program, including 10 children. Shelter residents can receive services during their stay, including assistance with food stamps and medical care, case management referrals, resume and tax return preparation, and getting a Social Security card. The shelter will operate...