SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Lackawanna County homeless shelter is temporarily closed and a community effort is underway to get dozens of people out of the cold.

A pipe burst Monday night inside a building operated by Catholic Social Services in Downtown Scranton.

It houses Saint Anthony’s Haven, an overnight emergency homeless shelter, and Saint James Manor, a transitional housing facility.

Several floors sustained damage and the building was deemed unsafe.

15 residents are displaced and the shelter was forced to close.

With a Code Blue in effect Tuesday evening, those facing homelessness were told to go to the Keystone Mission Shelter at Weston Field House.

It’s where we found staff members making room to accommodate an influx of guests.

“The main challenge that it causes during Code Blue is that we already have limited space, so then the overflow comes, and then it’s like, when it’s Code Blue you don’t want to tell anybody no. So it’s like, you’re overcrowded,” said Henry Ellis, Keystone Mission Staff Member

Ellis, who has faced homelessness himself, says it’s all about the community coming together during times like this.

“I consider it just a privilege just to even be a part of being able to help and to reach back in and help people that are in the same situation that I was in at one time in my life,” said Ellis.

The administrative staff of Catholic Social Services is working as quickly as possible to return the residents of Saint James Manor to their apartments and reopen Saint Anthony’s Haven to those needing emergency shelter.