• Despite Code Blue, some homeless stay out in cold

    19 days ago - By Wood TV

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The footprints of the homeless have hardpacked a narrow trail that leads to a bank of the Grand River.
    Around a bend, colorful tents emerge from the ankle-deep snow like flowers blooming too soon.
    It's hard to believe there are people inside the tents, especially under a Code Blue, a designation in which Grand Rapids shelters open their doors to all homeless people to protect them from bitter cold.
    The temperature has reached the single digits at night.
    A small Coleman tent along the Grand has been home for a year to Rowan Chwalek, 26, and her boyfriend.
    "This is my...
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