Homeless Seek Shelter During Bitter Cold - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Homeless Seek Shelter During Bitter Cold

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By: Claire Powell


Des Moines homeless shelters are expecting a spike in numbers thanks to Tuesday's winter storm.

Central Iowa Shelter in downtown Des Moines has 250 people staying overnight in their building, but say they'll see a spike Tuesday night.

This could be a problem because the shelter is out of beds and recently, over fifty people have been sleeping on chairs, the ground or on tables.

The shelter's executive director Tony Timm says they'll keep accepting anyone at any time because they need a safe place to go out of the harsh winter conditions.

"With the snow piling up and another cold snap tomorrow where it will be very bitterly cold again, we'll probably continue to see more people coming in than we have beds for," said Timm.

The shelter always welcomes food donations and warm clothing during the winter months to help out Des Moines' homeless. 

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