More than 500 people stayed at the Siena-Francis House Monday night
The state's largest shelter has only 340 beds. Shelter workers say many people slept on floor mats or in chairs.
Executive director Mike Saklar says the shelter has seen 46 percent more women and children this year than by this time in 2011.
Saklar says the shelter is in dire need of financial donations to help it pay bills through the end of the year. It's also seeking donations of blankets, pillows, warm clothes, disinfectants, toilet paper, paper towels and food.