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Homeless prepare for cold night as temperatures drop

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Imagine trying to bare the freezing temperature without a warm home to stay in.

That's the very real situation facing those in Mid-Michigan who call the streets their home. One man was preparing to sleep outside on Wednesday because the shelters were full.

"Under a tree, alley ways, things like that," Brian McClure said.

Those are places he said he sleeps. McClure said he has been homeless for a year.

"I got three blankets and I'm still alive," McClure said.

The First Warn 5 Weather Team called for single digits with wind chill below zero Wednesday night. McClure said he'll be outside sleeping in that frigid air.

"It's kind of hard to sleep in the snow, winds and rains. Yes, but at least I keep warm at night with a little shelter like a little roof," McClure said.

His daily ritual consists of visiting the library in downtown Bay City to stay warm.

Trish Burns, director of the Bay County Library System, said she's glad places like the Alice and Jack Wirt Library can provide a little help to Bay City's homeless.

"We're very lucky that the Bay County Library System has the libraries that they do. And every citizen is welcome here during the hours that we're open," Burns said.

The library is not open 24 hours, which means McClure will have to trade in the computer lab for those three blankets. He hopes someday he'll be able to sleep in a real bed.

"You have no idea how that would make a man like me feel. People who sleep in a bed or an apartment every night, they take for granted the most simplest of things," McClure said.

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