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Nassau County offers shelter ahead of freeze

With a deep freeze expected for the rest of the week, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano Monday reminded residents that "Warm Bed," the county's emergency shelter relief program for the homeless during the winter months, is active.

"No resident should have to spend nights in the freezing cold when they can call the Nassau County Hotline and be placed in a warm shelter right away," Mangano said in a news release.

A toll-free hotline for the program operates 7 days a week through Mar. 31 or later if weather requires.

Program staff and representatives of the county Department of Social Services make referrals and shelter placement coordination from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Once people are in shelters, Social Services staff and employees of the Office of Housing & Community Development will help them access resources for permanent housing, according to the news release.

The hotline can be reached by dialing 866-WARMBED (866-927-6233).

The program housed 192 individual during the 2013-2014 winter season, including 75 single adults and 40 families comprising 44 adults and 73 children.

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