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Iowa City shelter seeing increased need with cold weather

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Like many in Iowa, Ed Cook doesn't look forward to the frigid temperatures that come with the winter months.

"I hate it.  I have health problems, but you just get prepared for it," said Cook of Iowa City.

Cook says he's been homeless most of his life.  He's survived entire winters in Minnesota out in the cold.

"You find a campsite at night where you're secluded and you feel safe and hopefully nobody bothers you," Cook said.

For the last four months, Cook has had a place to stay at the Iowa City Shelter House.

Cook is a veteran and through a program with the V.A., Cook can stay for an extended period of time.

But not everyone in need has had the same fortune.

As the weather gets colder, shelter employees say they see an increased need for their services.

With forecasts calling for freezing temperatures Thursday night, employees are preparing for long lines at the door.  They say they may have to turn as many as 25 people away because there aren't enough beds.

Evidence of the unmet need for shelter as the community gears up for a cold winter.

"That breaks my heart.  I can see what these people have to go through," Cook said.

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