Kevin Raleigh, a member of the street outreach team at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, hands out gloves on a bitter cold day.

(Photo: The Denver Post/RJ Sangosti)

Colorado is set for a stretch of bitter cold nights, which can be a life-or-death situation for people experiencing homelessness.
So, outreach workers across the state are combing the streets, urging the homeless to check into shelters.
But even on frigid nights, some people say they prefer the streets to crowded shelters.
And, since families and couples are often forced to split up in shelters, they may opt to stay on the streets instead.  
For the last few nights, outreach worker Kevin Raleigh has been out working in the cold.
If someone doesn't want to go to a shelter or a hotel, Raleigh says he gives them supplies like blankets and jackets so that they can bundle up.