Des Moines homeless cope in cold weather

Teenah Woodard and Kelly Leopold have set up a home for themselves in downtown Des Moines.

The couple have furniture, cooking equipment and even a couple of cats. In many ways, the two are a lot like any other couple in Iowa’s capital city.

They just have the added concerns of running out of propane to warm their tents and having their belongings stolen by other homeless people.

“It gets easier over the years,” Woodard said. “You just get used to it.”

Woodard, 23, and Leopold, 46, live in tents by the railroad tracks near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in downtown Des Moines. They’ve been there less than three months — long enough to experience below-zero temperatures and snow.

Read the full article on The Des Moines Register’s website.

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