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Code Blue progams prepared for cold temps

ALBANY -- Dozens of the areas homeless spent the first of several subzero nights in a shelter. Most communities activated Code Blue programs, which offer a warm bed and meal.

We're ready to make sure everyone coming in has a warm place to stay and good food to eat while they wait out this weather, said Perry Jones, Executive Director of the Capital City Rescue Mission.

The mission hosted 220 people Thursday night. The mission also allowed the homeless to remain indoors during the day by offering movies in its 250-seat chapel.

For the most part, shelters didn't have trouble convincing the homeless to come inside, but there are some who choose to remain on the streets. Most programs offer them extra blankets and try to keep an eye on them.

There are a few out there that are treatment resistant and we're trying to make sure they dont stay out. We make sure everyone is watchful for them, said Jones.

In Troy, Josephs House and Shelter, Rensselaer Countys only shelter, took in three people in addition to the 50 already staying there.

We just open up the doors basically. We have couches, cots and we let everyone in that needs a place to stay at night, said Shelley Chapin, Director of Homeless Services at Josephs. People like to think that it only happens in the winter, but we are full all the time, it's not just the winter.
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