FULL CAPACITY: Cold Packs Metro Homeless Shelter

The unforgiving winter temperatures are posing problems for homeless shelters in the metro.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services is struggling to house Des Moines’ homeless during one of the coldest winters on record.

More than 200 people stayed at the shelter Thursday night, exceeding the 150 emergency beds the available. Those without beds sleep on chairs.

“It’s the busiest and the coldest winter I’ve seen and I’ve worked here for 20 years,” says shelter employee, Ken Dohmen.

Dohmen says the shelter will not turn anyone away when it’s well below freezing. Central Iowa Shelter and Services still encourages guest to come and stay for a warm place to stay and a warm meal.

The shelter is located on 1420 Mulberry Street in Des Moines.


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