But because of the snow, many of the congregations who participate in the shelter program -- which runs for a period of 18 weeks and rotates among hosts every one or two weeks -- have been allowing people to stay later in the morning or throughout the day.
"Our congregations have been very, very flexible," said Anna Katz, the administrative coordinator of
Grassroots' cold weather shelter program. "That way, our folks don't have to be out in the elements."
Katz said the program usually accommodates about 75 people a year, and this year they've had 74.
"It's been pretty much the same -- the only issue has been all the snow we've been getting," she said.
Snow on Mondays can be particularly challenging, Katz added, because that's when the shelter program moves to its next location.
She said churches can accommodate between 20 and 25 people, and the rest are put up in motels to keep warm. Grassroots is reimbursed by the county for the cost of the rooms.
The cold weather shelter program will end this year on March 30, but Katz said Grassroots will continue to shelter anyone who needs it if there is a declared code blue emergency.