Shelter House Won't Turn Anyone Away in Extreme Cold

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By Katie Stinson

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A homeless shelter in Iowa City will not turning anyone away because of the extremely cold temperatures.

The executive director of the Shelter House says the facility sometimes has to deny people throughout the year when it reaches its capacity of 70 people, but with these dangerously cold conditions, everyone who comes will have a place to stay tonight.

"You turn someone away on a night like this and it doesn't take very long for them to freeze to death from exposure. That is just the reality we are dealing with tonight and tomorrow night," Shelter Executive Director, Crissy Canganelli said.

On Monday night, the Shelter House took in 77 men, women and children. The shelter has some extra cots, and it's even willing to let people use couches and chairs.

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