Shelters seeing higher than usual numbers

By WEEK Reporter

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As temperatures continue to drop, state officials urge residents to stay indoors.

For those without heat and the homeless, there are many organizations opening their doors.

The Salvation Army's Safety Nets Shelter is one of just two overnight shelters in Peoria for men.

On cold nights, people will line up to make sure they get a bed.

Over the last couple of nights it has seen an increase in the number of people seeking shelter, putting them closer and closer to its max limit of 70.

"That's always a sad situation," said Rich Draeger with the Salvation Army. "I talked with a case worker who works with our safety net guys and the truth of the matter is, when we get to 70, 71 does not have room.

If the shelter does reach its limit, they will refer the men to the Peoria Rescue Mission. It has 82 beds.

For women and children seeking shelter, the dream center and the southside mission open their doors year round.

Many state and federal agencies will open their doors during regular business hours.

For a complete list of warming centers visit www.keepwarmillinois.gov

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