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Open Door Mission's Lydia House over capacity

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 07:39:13-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Open Door Mission's Lydia House is again overcrowded.

With cold temperatures and recent Fall snow showers, the situation could get worse when temperatures dip into the single digits.

"Every time we have a built capacity, we fill it up right away," said Senior Program Coordinator for ODM Steve Frazee. "We've had a couple of really really cold times, so we're probably closer to our normal highs that we get for the winter time."

This year, Frazee says recently they've seen an influx of senior women in need of housing. The shelter put together an overflow room just for them.

"Every homeless crowd is different each year. The demographics change all the time. And this year we've noticed we've had a higher number of senior women come to stay with us," said Frazee. "When you're homeless for any period of time, your body operates about 20 plus years older, so a lot of the ladies have special challenges, different frame references than a 20 year old."

To assist and/or donate to the Open Door Mission, you can visit their website.