An effort by a grassroots organization in Alton to try and help the homeless stay warm during the winter nights may still face an uphill battle. A plan that would restrict warming centers to areas with business zoning may be introduced at Wednesday’s Alton City Council Meeting. Churches in residential districts would not be exempt from the proposed rule.

Peter Hough is Pastor at The Alton Mission, and tells The Big Z their plan to provide warming centers is not going as quickly as hoped.

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A warming center of sorts was open last (Monday) night as temperatures dropped into the single digits in some places. Held at the Deliverance Temple on 6th Street in Alton, it was officially billed as an all-night prayer vigil. He says this cold snap impacts more than just the homeless.

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