With overflow shelters overflowing, many of the area's homeless are forced to fight freezing temperatures. 

"I mean people are dying from this weather," says Wesley, who is just one face of the growing homeless population in our area, "In Reno there are hundreds of folks that are homeless."

They face perilous situations during the winter months battling hypothermia, frostbite, or worse. 
"When it gets this cold as its going to get tonight and this week, it is really dangerous," says Wesley. Just last week, he had only just recovered from a respiratory illness but was back sleeping on the streets, "Unfortunately, it's back... I'm sick again cause I was out in the cold."

It's a harsh reality for our neighbors on the streets. Fortunately for Wesley, he is able to stay out of the elements inside the Volunteers of America shelter on Record Street, but his stay will soon be over and he says he's nervous. 

"It was like 13 degrees out here this morning and it was really cold, it's cold right now," says Wesley, "You know, I just don't know what to do... I have to be out of here in about 42 days or so and I'm not sure where I'm going to go."

Meanwhile, many others have to rely on quick fixes, like temporary tent shelters, especially with sub-freezing temperatures this week. 
"It's not a solution but at least it helps a little bit," says Dr. Kate Lambertson the reverend at First Congregational Church of Reno.

The tents can fit up to 40 people, equipped with bunk beds, heaters and blankets. They're open from nine at night until six in the morning, run by volunteers from local churches. 
"There's usually a line outside the tent when we get here at 830," says Lambertson about the first come, first served option, "If they don't get a spot in the tent, they sleep on the street, which is really sad."

Lambertson says the temporary shelters have to turn away around 10 to 12 people each night.