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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Homeless shelters are preparing to reach capacity as the cold temperatures descending on the Valley over the next few days could be life-threatening. 

There are hundreds of people considered homeless living in Columbus, and having a warm place to stay is imperative as temperatures take a plunge. 
 

If you or someone you know plans to stay at a shelter, get there early. Many of the local facilities are first come, first serve. Ed Key, Director of the Howard Mott Center, says they fill up quickly.
 
"They need to be up here early. We begin our check in at 2:30. It is first come first serve and we usually fill up pretty quickly on a day like today...we fill up pretty quickly maybe within the first hour or so," said Key. 

 
They still try to help those they can't accommodate.
 
"If we can't accommodate the last few nights when it's been really cold, we've given out blankets to everyone who did check in. We've given out extra blankets, coats, gloves, hats to those who we couldn't let in," said Key. 

If a shelter does reach capacity, there are a number of other shelters in the area that may still have space. Others in Columbus include the Salvation Army and Valley Interfaith Promise Incorporated. Shelters in Phenix City include the House of Restoration and Bethany House. There are a number of other shelters in the area. Some have different requirements for admission. 

If you know someone who is homeless encourage them to go to a shelter, especially over the next few nights. Exposure to the cold temperatures could result in frostbite, hypothermia, or worse. 

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