More than 500 people spent Monday night at the Siena Francis House in Omaha, more than the shelter has ever housed at one time. The Siena Francis House is the largest shelter in the state and only has 340 beds.
Shelter workers say many people slept on floor mats or in chairs. They have seen a 46-percent jump in women and children served this year compared a year ago.
Because of the record numbers served they are in need of additional blankets, pillows, and clothing to bathroom tissue, paper towels and food.