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Saratoga Springs to implement Code Blue program

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Mayor-Elect Joanne Yepsen announced Friday the city would be implementing a Code Blue program similar to Albany's to help the homeless out of the cold.

This comes after a homeless woman was found dead last week behind the senior center where she slept for the night.

The Code Blue program would be modeled after Albany's current plan. Volunteers go out in search of the homeless to offer shelter when the temperatures reach 10 degrees or lower.

Right now in Saratoga, homeless people can be referred to shelters through social services, but there is paperwork involved.

On Friday morning, Fingerpaint, an advertising agency located in Saratoga Springs, announced it will donate $5,000 to get Saratoga's "Code Blue" plan off the ground.

The first official night of the new system will be Tuesday night when temperatures are expected to drop.

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