There are rarely enough beds to house the city’s growing homeless population during the coldest days of winter and Inn From the Cold and the Gospel Mission routinely announced they reached capacity in years past as winter hit.

In recent years the Gospel Mission ran the mat program, squeezing more people into the facility than it naturally holds for the worst days.

“It put pressure on our facility by putting so many people into a small space,” said Randy Benson, who is the executive director of the Gospel Mission.

“There’s just not the same degree of comfort.”

This year, however, there’s a new service provider in town and it’s offered some relief.