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Shelters hitting max capacity as temperatures drop

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The city of Albany is in "code blue" status Monday night, meaning shelters are taking in everybody -- or referring them elsewhere -- until the cold snap is over.

Many of the people staying in the shelters are struggling to find a job and get back on their feet.

More than 200 people walked through the doors of the Capital City Rescue Mission seeking a warm place to sleep.

William Jervis is one of those seeking shelter. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran says he suffered a heart attack last month, later losing his job and home. Jervis says he's a recovering alcoholic battling mental illness, but trying every day to find employment.

"I'm 55 and it's hard. It's hard not to feel sorry for yourself but you just keep moving. You've just got to keep going," said Jervis.

The mission is housing so many people like William on a nightly basis, they're running out of beds, so Executive Director Perry Jones and his staff are using mats to accommodate the extra guests.

"The cold has got a big piece of it but the economy being hard on the homeless and needy looking for jobs and not finding them, that's been harder," said Jones.

The mission is also handing out winter clothing and serving more than 700 meals per day, while providing free health screenings and special programs on addiction recovery and employment readiness.

No one is more ready to work than William Jervis, who is weathering these cold nights at the mission and pursuing job leads by day.

"The economics of this time right now make it extremely difficult to climb out of this hole," said Jervis.

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