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Extreme Cold: Code Blue

The Department of Homeless Services has a policy called “Code Blue” for winter nights when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below, including wind-chill, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM.

What Changes When Code Blue is in Effect?

On these nights Department of Homeless Services policies are relaxed to ensure everyone is warm and safe.  This includes:

  • 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.
  • Clients can access any shelter, not just their assigned shelter for the night in question.
  • Warming buses 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.
  • Anyone in need of a warm place to go can walk into hospital emergency room.