Cedar Rapids Homeless Shelters Have Cold Weather Plans


By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The bitterly cold weather in the last few days has sent a few more people to homeless shelters in Cedar Rapids.

But shelters, like the Willis Dady facility, have a plan when numbers suddenly increase. There was still room in the regular bed dormitories today. However, this shelter can convert some of the common space to beds if needed. Other shelters have portable cots they can set up when it's necessary to exceed normal capacity.

"For the men's shelters i'd say on the order of 7 to 10 extra beds for the shelters that accommodate women i'd say close to that many as well," Tim Wilson, Willis Dady Executive Director said.

Two of the shelters contacted by TV9 had set up cots last night.Wilson says demand for shelter beds was already up this year and he isn't sure the snap of cold weather made that much of a difference.

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