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Monday, January 4, 2016

Lockport's homeless and those without heat will be granted respite this evening in the Salvation Army thanks to a new city-wide policy called "Code Blue."

According to a press release from Mayor Anne McCaffrey's office, "due to the extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this evening, the Code Blue warming shelter will be open at the Salvation Army from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. Any homeless person or individual without heat may spend the evening at the Salvation Army, 50 Cottage St., where light refreshments and cots/blankets are available to ensure that all are comfortable and safe."

Code Blue is a collaboration between the Dale Association, Salvation Army, Lockport CARES, St. John’s Outreach, Grace Episcopal, The Chapel, the Lockport Police Department, and the Grigg Lewis Foundation to care for those without heat and/or shelter this winter.

Code Blue can be called from Oct. 1 to March 31 when weather conditions indicate the temperature will drop to 15 degrees or lower overnight. It is open to any homeless or elderly in need, along with people, who for whatever reason, have lost heat or had a water pipe burst.

During the day, the Lockport Public Library, St. John's Outreach and the Salvation Army are open to the public and to those looking to take shelter from the cold.

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