PACEM sees rise in elderly homeless

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — The local homeless shelter PACEM has been busier than ever this year with a much colder start to the season.

With last year’s record warm December, PACEM stayed quiet for the first part of the season. This winter, the shelter has been booked since its doors opened, but it still does not deny someone in need.

Volunteers have also come across another problem.

“We have a rising number of older folks,” said PACEM director Dawn Grzegorczyk. “People of retirement age who are homeless right now in this community. It’s a higher number than we’ve ever seen of folks dealing with the effects of aging.”

The group has been putting extra effort toward getting these people the proper care. PACEM also has plans to extend the season by a few weeks in the spring.