St Petrocs homeless shelter in Exeter is celebrating its 20th birthday this week.
Staff are expecting a 50% rise in people staying over Christmas.
Local businesses and volunteers have been donating turkeys and clothes to help with the rise in numbers.
As the temperatures stay below freezing in the evening, the homeless are among those worst affected. In fact it has been so cold recently that in Exeter emergency accommodation has been set up: something that is proving a lifeline for many, as Seth Conway has been finding out.
Emergency accommodation is being provided in towns and cities across the West, for those living on the streets. Seth Conway has been to Exeter to find out how homeless people are coping in the freezing conditions.