ALBANY, N.Y. - Authorities across upstate New York are taking measures to ensure the homeless have shelter as a deep freeze continues across the region.
Due to extreme weather conditions in the immediate forecast, the City of Albany has activated a Code Blue program that finds, transports and shelters homeless people during periods of extreme winter weather.
Code Blue is a collaborative outreach, transportation, and shelter protocol implemented to engage, transport, and shelter homeless persons who might otherwise remain without shelter during periods of extreme winter weather.
Members of the Albany Police Department will be actively looking for people in need of shelter during this time. The public is urged to contact authorities at (518) 438-4000 in the event they observe persons outside who may need shelter.
Those in need of shelter may go to one of the following shelters:
- The Capital City Rescue Mission - 259 South Pearl Street
- The Homeless Sheridan Hollow Drop-in Center - 26 south Swan Street.
Temperatures across upstate New York dipped into the single digits or lower early Wednesday morning, with Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks reporting a low of minus 18.
Snow is forecast Wednesday for parts of western New York, while central areas of the state are under a wind chill advisory.