>> At Boston's Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, dozens of blue vinyl pads and folded up cots are ready for another night's rush of those fleeing the deadly cold. But they are barely enough explains Reuter's correspondent Scott Malone.>> At Boston's Pine Street Inn just behind me they've been running 24/7 since Christmas.
Letting people stay in all day, which they normally don't. Also they're also about 100 over capacity, just because they don't want to allow anybody to freeze to death.>> Tom Smith, who has been staying at Pine Street since being released from prison in August, previously lived in a tent that likely would not have survived Boston's recent blizzard and 11 straight days of sub freezing temps.
>> The cost of extra food and staff causing Pine Street to run over budget by 25% in the past two weeks. But extreme times call for extreme measures says Pine Street's manager, Josh O'Brien.>> We've had folks sleeping in our front foyer. We've had some guests over by the vending machine, cuz that's more comfortable for them.
So without creating an unsafe environment for anybody else, we're trying to be as flexible as possible.>> Homelessness is on the rise in the US. More than half a million people are without shelter on any given night. New York hit a record number Number in 2017. During the cold snap, it has doubled the number of workers trying to persuade those on the street to enter its shelters.
Like those in Boston, who call Pine Street Inn a life saver.