MONCTON, N.B. – The region has seen bitterly cold temperatures over the past week, and that has forced a lot of homeless people indoors, relying on shelters for warmth.

Carl Maskery, founder of Harvest House, says they have been close to capacity, with up to 30 people in the shelter each night.

He says normally in the spring, summer and fall, the shelter closes after breakfast, opening again in the evening.

But he says they have just begun a new program so people can stay inside during the winter.

“For the last two weeks we’ve been open 24/7.  They’re allowed to come in and stay in, you don’t want to put anyone out in the cold and have someone freeze out there.  But they have to participate.”

People who help clean the facility are allowed to stay all day.

Temperatures in Greater Moncton have felt as cold as minus 28 degrees Celsius with the windchill over the past week.