NEW YORK (AP) — Outreach teams are out on New York City streets to find homeless people at risk of freezing to death.
Department of Homeless Services officials say Thursday more than 400 vacant beds are available for single adults, with provisions for more.
The DHS guarantees shelter when temperatures reach 32 degrees or below. By Thursday evening it was 25 degrees and snow was falling.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says wind chills could bring temperatures to as low as 10 degrees below zero.
Coalition for the Homeless Senior Policy Analyst Patrick Markee says on extremely cold nights, shelter can be a matter of life and death.
In addition, heated buses will cruise the city looking for people left on the streets. Police and EMS workers also are on the lookout.