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Shelters Reach Out to Homeless in the Cold

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TULSA, Okla. -

There are enough shelters downtown to help all of Tulsa's homeless, but still would rather have this for a bed, and call this place, their home.

If you look closely under an overpass you may see belongings and clues that someone lives there.

Jackie Johnson lives under a bridge and has been on the street for 15 years. There is no convincing her to come inside.

"I guess I am just used to it out here," said Johnson.

Johnson said she doesn't get cold, but she does get scared.

Homeless shelters are full right now and counselors are asking everyone to come inside. Usually two or three homeless people die in Tulsa each year because of weather conditions.

It doesn't matter if they've been drinking, or fighting. Shelter workers want them inside.

"I don't understand why someone would not come in when it is so cold outside, but our folks,  sometimes, they are drastic and not prepared they don't understand how the wind chill is a factor. The long term exposure is hard on our folks," said  Sandra Lewis of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

If you see a homeless person who needs help, experts say don't approach a stranger. Call 911 and ask police to do a well-check.

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