Siena Francis House over capacity due to colder temperatures

Posted at 10:11 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 23:11:30-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The lower the temperature, the higher the number of people seeking shelter at the Siena Francis House. The shelter is built to hold less than 400, and recently they have been averaging about 500 a night.

The women's shelter is at 200% capacity and the men's in around 160%.

And more people means less resources to go around especially when it comes to food as the shelter is serving between 1100 and 1200 meals a day.

Tim Sully, development director at the Siena Francis House, credits Omaha's generosity as the reason the shelter is able to take in everyone who shows up. "We hope we never have a time where we simply don't have enough space," he said.