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Homeless seeking shelter as the temperatures drop below zero


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Although we are facing this bitter cold weather throughout Rochester, there are some who will battle it every day in these frigid months ahead.

The Dorothy Day House gives people without a home the chance to get warm for the night, and with this weather it's seeing more people seizing that opportunity.

Visitors can come and find a bed, clothing, a warm room for kinship with a Christmas tree, and lastly support and community for fourteen days.

However, these bone-chilling temperatures are a daily battle, and with so little night time options for shelter, the Dorothy Day House is the only option.

"Cause there is a lot of us out there that are homeless that really need the opportunity to get us up on our feet," said visitor Sheila Olson.

When they aren't here at the Dorothy Day House from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., these people go anywhere, whether it be the public library, a HyVee store, the hospital, an abandoned house or under a bridge.

According to visitors, the demand for more spaces is high, and respect for those seeking help is low. They hope the city recognizes this problem for the future.

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