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Cold weather causes concern for Louisville, southern Indiana homeless

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – As a cold snap reaches Kentuckiana this weekend one group is doing its best to keep the area’s homeless warm.

“Just to get most of the folks ready for winter,” said Paul Stensrud of Exit 0 ministries, “More or less right now it's just a welfare check.”

Stensrud and others spent Friday afternoon and early evening checking in on various homeless camps in southern Indiana.

“You've got to be able to just love on them but be able to put their tough trials, their situation,” Stensrud said. “You've got to be able to work with them.”

According to census data there were just over 7,300 homeless people in Louisville in 2014. That number was down by 14 percent from the previous year. With winter approaching, the concern now is cold.

“When we get that consecutive nights,” Stensrud said. “That's where it can really take a toll on these guys and we're ready to respond in case we need to. We'll open up a building somewhere, we'll make it happen.”

Stensrud says he knows of five homeless people who have died in Kentuckiana in 2015 -- one of them on Thanksgiving.

“We did a memorial yesterday with his family," Stensrud said. “His daughter was there. His ex-wife was there and 25 other people from the streets.”

Ultimately, Stensrud says it will take the cooperation of a number of number organizations to solve the homeless problem.

“You've got to be able to just love on them but be able to put their tough trials, their situation. You've got to be able to work with them,” Stensrud said.

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