The Department of Homeless Services has policies called “Code Blue” for winter nights and “Code Red” for summer nights when at least one of the following extreme weather conditions occurs:
- Temperature falls below 32 degrees or wind chill below 0 degrees (Fahrenheit).
- Ice storms or freezing rain OR snow greater than 6 inches.
- Heat index of 90 degrees is predicted by the National Weather Service with in 24 hours.
What changes during Code Red and Code Blue?
- Drop in centers are required to take as many clients as possible, within the Department of Buildings restrictions.
- Anyone in need of a place to go can walk into single adult or family shelters, without undergoing typical intake and eligibility procedures for the night in question.
- For single adults who have been in shelter in the past can access any shelter, not just their assigned shelter for the night in question.
- Cooling / heating vans or centers may be provided.
- More outreach teams will be on the streets to offer services and shelter.
- No shelter suspensions or sanctions can be carried out on these dates – clients who have been sanctioned can return to the shelter for the night in question, if necessary.