Colton Hughes is more than familiar with the harsh Missouri weather.

"It was really cold and it was raining like kind of that snowy in between mix," said Hughes.

Last year when he found himself without a place to stay, he found a break from the cold at First Baptist Church.

"I didn't really know what I was going to do and when I heard about the First Baptist Shelter I went in there and they had open arms and it was a very humbling feeling," Hughes explained.

But this year that option is no longer on the table due to a shortage of available staff at the church.

"It was really shocking because it's such a big resource to have during these few months. There's a lot of good friends that I have out there that don't have a place to stay," Hughes said.

Local shelter leaders say the demand for housing for everyone in Springfield continually grows, especially in the winter. It's made even more urgent as the cold weather sets in.

"You got all kinds of things to deal with, you can freeze to death, you can get hypothermia, frostbite," explained Rorie Orgeron, CEO of The Kitchen Inc.

Many teens say there are fewer places available for young man because of stigmas about theft, drugs, or violence. But there are other factors that sometimes make men harder to place in shelters.

"The guys will typically try to take care of themselves no matter what the temperature is. Also the risk is far less for men to be sexually assaulted," Orgeron.

But, although male shelter options may be harder to find, local leaders say they're out there.

"East Sunshine church of Christ opened their winter shelter for men so it's open for men during the winter time and I think it was open last night," Orgeron explained.

The Kitchen shelter and clinic has a campaign underway right now to collect 1,000 blankets to hand out to help those who may not be able find shelter. Find out how you can donate to that cause by clicking the link below:

 1,000 Blanket drive information