Cedar Rapids Homeless Shelters Have Cold Weather Plans

Tools

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.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG