Shelters overflow as winter weather looms

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Winter weather is on the way and that means more people are looking for warm places to stay. Regional director at Volunteers for America Northern Nevada, Pat Cashell says the Record Street Shelter is full.

"Add those numbers up and you're getting close to 400-500 a night," Cashell says.

Record Street is sheltering 160 men, 50 women and 27 families. The overflow holds 150, but that is full too.

"If it gets cold enough where we need to we have a warming room," Cashell says. "We'll out them wherever we need to."

The warming room can hold up to 60 people.

At Safe Embrace, social worker, Amanda Cuevas says its full too.

"We have a house of women and children and can have up to 18 at a time," Cuevas says.

Cuevas says Safe Embrace has a waiting list but will soon double its shelter space. Cashell says they are working with the city and local churches to help solve overcrowding.

"I'm not going to turn anybody away," Cashell says. "It's not going to happen."