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Local Homeless Shelters Reaching Capacity in Cold Weather

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The bitter cold temperatures can certainly take its toll on the city's homeless. The Salvation Army reached capacity Monday night.

With another cold night ahead, the city's largest shelter, the Good Samaritan Shelter, is almost full.

"We're having more and more people that don't normally stay in shelters," said Rafael Ortiz, program director at Good Sam.

The Good Sam can take in a little more than 200 people, and if there's need, they can use mattresses on the floor to make more room. What both shelters have said Tuesday night is that they can always use more coats, blankets and socks.

"A lot of people coming in that are trying to stay out of the cold, not necessarily to find a warm place to stay, but to survive, because they can get hypothermia sleeping on the streets," Ortiz said. "They do not have blankets. Some people come in without socks, jackets and so forth; gloves, everything that we take for granted. We see them walk in and it's heartbreaking to see them like that."

The Good Samaritan shelter is located at 210 South Alameda. The Salvation Army is a few block away from there, at 521 Josephine Street.

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