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Phoenix shelter helps homeless in colder nighttime weather

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Beds available for the homeless coping with the Valley's colder nighttime weather. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) Beds available for the homeless coping with the Valley's colder nighttime weather. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Homeless shelters are filling up pretty quickly because of Arizona's colder nighttime weather.

Central Arizona Shelter Services provides about 900 beds each night.

Officials there said they won't turn anyone away, especially during this time of the year.

"A lot of them are very grateful to have place to sleep," said shelter spokeswoman Irene Agustin. "For some, it's just push to engage in services and end their homelessness."

They offer mats with sheets and blankets if they run out of beds.

The group does accept financial donations, along with clothing such as coats, long-sleeved shirts and shoes.

The shelter is located at 230 S. 12th Ave. in Phoenix.

CASS has provided emergency relief shelter for more than six years. Officials said their services have played an integral role in decreasing weather-related deaths among the homeless in the Valley.

The shelter partners with street outreach teams, police departments and other faith-based and nonprofit organizations to direct homeless individuals to CASS shelters.

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