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San Diego County opens homeless shelter ahead of storm

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 15:16:07-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Tuesday that it will make its inclement weather shelter program available to homeless residents in the county's unincorporated areas.

The agency's Housing and Community Development Services division activates the shelter when rain is expected for at least two days, reaches two inches in a 24-hour period or when a storm includes a threat of flash flooding. County officials monitor seven unincorporated zones to determine when to activate the shelter program.

Homeless residents can contact 211 San Diego between noon and 7 p.m. to be connected to a shelter provider. In some cases, residents are eligible to receive assistance with transportation to an inclement weather shelter.

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``By calling 211 people will be directed to the correct program and place,'' Housing and Community Development Services Director David Estrella said. ``We instituted the program because we know that when people are exposed to inclement weather, they are more likely to experience health issues that could be life-threatening.''