Helena homeless shelter population triples amid cold temps

HELENA (AP) — The number of people staying at a Montana homeless shelter has tripled as temperatures dip below zero.

The Independent Record reports Dave Miller, who described himself as the “director, owner and toilet bowl plunger” of God’s Love in Helena, says 60-80 people have been coming to the downtown homeless shelter since Sunday because the weather has been so cold.

Miller estimates around 20 people come into God’s Love on an average winter day.

Miller says the shelter has “31 beds full and 28 people sleeping on the floor.”

Miller says as many as 36 people have slept on the floor.

Miller says the high number of people seeking shelter could be due to the lack of homeless shelters in Butte and Bozeman.