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Hundreds expected to sleep outside for homeless awareness

Sample Siouxland Sleep out cardboard box at City Hall Sample Siouxland Sleep out cardboard box at City Hall

If you think it's too cold to build a tent and camp out this late in the season, imagine what it's like for people who don't have the option to sleep indoors.

That's why they're holding the 9th Annual "Siouxland Sleep Out" to raise awareness and money for homeless people.

Mike Wood, with Mental Health America is one of the event's organizers.  He says there are about 300 people on a daily basis who do not have adequate shelter in Siouxland.  But, he says, the problem is not as obvious as you might think.

"A lot of the people, are just living in places that are not fit for human habitation, they're not necessarily under bridges, they're not necessarily living in cardboard boxes, but they've lost their homes through economic factors, health reasons or others, and they just really don't have any place to call home and that's the big problem, it includes children and families," Mike Wood, an event organizer said.

He also says many homeless people are coming to Sioux City from bigger metropolitan areas like Minneapolis or Chicago.

Organizers say they are hoping to get about 300 people to come out, and raise around $45,000.  The event starts at 1pm, at Lewis and Clark Park Friday, November 9th.

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