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D.C. takes steps to protect homeless from the cold

WASHINGTON — Right after a snowstorm that punched above its weight, a cold snap is bringing the most frigid temperatures of the season.

In the District, where homelessness was a key issue in the mayoral campaign, the head of Health and Human Services says the city “is in good shape.”

“We currently have shelter capacity at our family shelters, our overflow capacity and our single shelters,” says Brenda Donald, the deputy mayor.

“During a Cold Emergency Alert, we have warming sites that are added to provide beds and nourishment during evening hours,” she says.

The District has also bought up overflow capacity at a local motel, which has not yet been needed.

A Cold Emergency Alert will take effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and likely continue through Friday night.

“During a Cold Emergency Alert, we have warming sites that are added to provide beds and nourishment during evening hours,” Donald says.

People who need a place to stay can call the shelter hotline for transportation to a facility or warming site. That number is 800-535-7252.

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