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Reaching out to homeless in frigid conditions

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Bitter cold temperatures are another factor outside, and Syracuse agencies are reaching out to help some of the city's most vulnerable residents. YNN's Sarah Blazonis has more from outside the Syracuse Rescue Mission with how they're working to protect those with no place to go from the cold.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bitter cold temperatures are another factor outside, and Syracuse agencies are reaching out to help some of the city's most vulnerable residents.

Workers with the Rescue Mission spent Tuesday night driving to spots where homeless people are known to make camp. They offered those without a place to stay rides to local shelters to get out of the cold. It's a service offered six days a week, but Mission officials say it's especially important when temperatures dip below freezing and because of the growing need in the community.

"I think it always existed, I just don't think people took it seriously enough. They kind of just passed it off as pan handlers, but much of these guys are in a survival state. I just think that awareness needs to be elevated," said Tremaine Crawford, a mobile case manager with the Rescue Mission.

Employees with the Rescue Mission say 10,000 people requested homeless-related services last year. That's up from 6,000 the year before.

For more information, contact the Rescue Mission at (315) 472-6251.

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