The brutally cold weather we are experiencing is difficult enough to deal with for those of us with warm clothes, food, heated homes, offices and vehicles.

But that difficulty pales into a mere inconvenience when one considers the homeless during this exceptionally cold winter, with more people knocking on the door of men’s and women’s homeless shelters in the Sault.

“When it’s as cold as this, especially over the Christmas holidays, we saw a big increase in people coming in here,” said Anne Penney, Pauline’s Place executive director.

“You hear all the time about the ‘hidden homeless.’ They’re not so hidden when it’s minus 30,” Penney said, speaking to SooToday.