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January 02, 2014 at 2:45 PM   |   Print

Area shelters activate Code Purple

In response to anticipated wintry weather, area shelters will offer emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay. To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent with the wind chill factor) area shelters will designate a CODE PURPLE. 

Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.


Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Michael Woods

Men, women, children  Overflow night beds; daytime chapel space
Veterans' Restoration Quarters Tim Melton and Michael Reich

Men Overflow night beds
Salvation Army Sue Hollifield

Men, women, children Overflow night beds
Homeward Bound Asia James


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