JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While many of you are at home with family preparing for thanksgiving it's estimated that there are more than 3,000 people living on the streets in Duval County. With the first freeze of the year upon us, many without a home are searching for a place to stay warm.
Homeless centers like the Sulzbacher provide emergency shelter when the temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
Raymond Massey dressed in a heavy jacket with a hoodie, hat and gloves on says he stopped by Sulzbacher for a meal and has plans to stay out of the cold.
"When the temperatures get cold there's concern with issues for our health and you know people need to get in," said Massey.
On any given night, you'll find about 330 people filling the beds at Saulzbacher. They accommodate men, women and families. The center isn't usually a night to night shelter, but under freezing circumstances they'll make an exception.
"It's not glamorous," said Shelter Manager, Patrick Finn-Schultz. "It's floor space. But it's safe, it's warm. You're fed and secure for the night."
It's just an empty open space cleared for anyone in need. As for Massey, he says he has a place to stay warm for the night, and for that, he's thankful this Thanksgiving.
"I'm going to be in a building, in a place where I've been staying," said Massey. "So I'm very thankful, grateful and blessed."
At the Sulzbacher Center they're expecting to house anywhere from 20 to 50 additional people tonight.
Finn-Schultz says their numbers go up significantly when there's consistently freezing temperatures for two or three nights in a row.