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via Cleveland19:

Hundreds of viewers wrote in and responded to the story of Judith Durham, the mother of two-year-old Jonah, who was walking the streets of Cleveland in 43 degree temperatures.

Jonah was sick and was coughing during the interview where Durham responded to our questions about not having somewhere to go during the day

“Most of the mothers, we just walk around and try to keep the kids busy,” Durham said.

Durham and close to 50 other women and children, some as young as infants, were forced out into the cold that day because the family shelters were all full.

The waiting lists for a bed are long, and no one was eligible for any government help at all until they could get a bed in a shelter that would give them an address for paperwork.

Durham had been waiting for two months for a spot in a family shelter.

The mother and other moms and their children were allowed to sleep on the floor of the gymnasium at the City Mission on Euclid Avenue, but had to leave at 7 a.m.  because of other programs that the City Mission sponsors for the homeless.

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