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Central Iowa Shelter and Services said the amount of people staying with them overnight is growing.

Up until now, many people were choosing to sleep elsewhere because of COVID-19 concerns.

Staff members said they have worked to keep their numbers low and are working to make sure the homeless are safe from the cold.

DES MOINES, Iowa — In 2020, many Iowans faced uncertainty about keeping a roof over their heads due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central Iowa Shelter & Services in Des Moines helped many out who were facing homelessness, or just became homeless, by finding them places to live.

To make sure the shelter did not become a virus hotspot, officials started moving some occupants into public or private housing.

About 130 people are in the Central Iowa Shelter and Services Center downtown right now. Normally this time of year that number is around 200.

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