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Inclement Weather Shelter Program activated for homeless on NYE

Posted at 5:18 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 20:18:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Cold, windy, and rainy conditions have prompted the San Diego Housing Commission to activate inclement weather shelters this New Year’s Eve.

The commission activates the Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or in the case of sustained high winds.

The program is a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe's and Connections Housing. The commission also funds the program.

Father Joe’s Villages tells 10News they can take in an additional 170 people this New Year's Eve, including children.

They will convert two dining halls into temporary shelters, filling them with cots.

“When you’re out there in the rain and you get wet and then this cold air, you feel a chill in your bones, that’s what those on the streets experience,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, President and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages.

Homeless individuals will be given meals as well as dry clothes when they leave.

Residents can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county's Inclement Weather Shelter Program.