In search of Detroit's freezing homeless

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It's hard to believe, but some of Detroit's most vulnerable residents are reluctant to seek adequate shelter in these frigid temperatures. But groups of dedicated outreach organizations are hitting the road less traveled to give the gift of warmth.

It's hard to call the roof over Daniel Brown's head a home, especially after what happened four weeks ago. A space heater set the whole house on fire, but Brown and his partner Kathy are still living in the burned out home. They're main living space is a small closet turned into a makeshift bedroom with blankets.

"We're just trying to survive." said Brown.

"It's like living in hell right now!" said Kathy.

It's times like these when Curtis Love's job is essential. The substance abuse therapist roams Detroit, connecting with the chronically homeless and the mentally ill through the Neighborhood Service Organization's outreach program, The Road Home.

"I think it's amazing that people can survive these conditions." said Love, "But I also like to be able to get out here and help them as well."

"I really believe that people are starting to see that organizations like ours are really here to help," said Shanita Jones, "And they are taking the help."

The Road Home looks where most people look away. They tell Detroit's most vulnerable not to lose hope. And in these frigid temperatures, they tell men without a home to hop inside the van and seek shelter.

"But the beautiful part about that is that we can take that situation," said Curtis Love, "And we can help turn that right around."

It's a message showing Detroit's coldest residents how the road to shelter is often paved with persistence.

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