People looking to stay warm in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Despite the frigid temperatures, quite a few people spent their Tuesday night walking around New Haven.

“I’m going the movies with my girl,” said one man. “Definitely covered up. Definitely, it’s too cold to be out here.”

“I’m coming from school, but it’s not open yet,” said a student. “They have the school open at Gateway, so I’m out about trying to get some things accomplished.”

“We work at Yale,” said Sourav Ghosh. “It’s extremely convenient, and amazing restaurants and bars, so it’s fun.”

Others inside New Haven’s six warming centers share a different story. Daniel Freeman says he has no idea where he’s sleeping. He’s been homeless for a month and spent some time in a shelter, but says one of the employees wouldn’t let him bring books inside.

“Because bed bugs might be in it and the books were a Holy Bible and a book on Hinduism,” said Freeman.

He showed News 8 the formal grievance he filed with the Grand Avenue Shelter. His friend Robert carries a sleeping bag around because he too feels mistreated.

“I’m sticking up for the weak and the poor, not just myself,” said Freeman. “Somebody’s got to do it, you know, treating us like we’re second- and third-rate citizens.”

News 8 looked into that complaint. We reached out to the program director, but he had no comment for us.

Temperatures are going to drop even more Wednesday, so if you or someone you know need a place to stay warm, call 211.

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