With temperatures expected to plunge into the teens and single digits in the next few nights, some local organizations are functioning as warming centers for the homeless.

Such centers provide temporary shelter for homeless people to prevent injury, illness or death in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Carmela Geer, executive director of the Edward King House Senior Center, said the house will act as a warming center starting on Tuesday and will continue throughout the winter, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Geer said conditions don't necessarily have to be dire. “Even if it's just a regular winter day,” all are welcome to stop in and get warm, she said.

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