SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.- As temperatures drop dangerously low, some homeless fear they may be frozen to death.
"It's a sad situation but there are people dying of exposure from just being homeless," said Daniel Goff, a local homeless man.
Daniel Goff may be homeless, but he calls himself one of the lucky ones after he says three of his friends froze to death after they were turned away from a shelter.
"It was just freezing and they had to turn us away at 4:00 Sunday night and said sorry we can't afford to have it open, we don't have the funding to have anybody watch it so everybody walked out and froze that night," explained Goff.
Employees from the Prado Day Center say they're seeing more and more homeless come through, especially when temperatures drop below 30 degrees.
"Definitely our services have been impacted due to the economy and what's challenging for us it's the same time where funding is getting cut and other services are being stretched," said Dee Tores, Director of Homeless Services.
Services like the warming center, a place that Daniel Goff and others need to survive.
"There's some times I've been out of food and gone into trash cans and not found anything and have been able to come here and get at least a hot meal," said Goff.
In order for the warming center to keep serving, employees say they need more volunteers to help.
The warming center Prado Day is a 24-hour facility where they allow anyone to come in at anytime of the evening. Employees say if temperatures continue to drop they could be open until Tuesday.
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