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Homeless offered shelter from weather

With a wintry mix falling over the region Tuesday, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano activated Nassau’s Warm Bed homeless program to provide shelter relief to individuals and families during cold winter months.

The Nassau County Warm Bed Hotline, 1-866-WARM-BED (1-866-927-6233), will operate seven days a week and run through March 31, 2013. If winter conditions persist beyond March 31, the program also will continue.

“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 place to stay right away,” Mangano said. “Homeless residents calling the hotline will be connected to a person who can help them get out of the cold and get the services they need to restart their lives. Help is really just a phone call away.”

During business hours, calls will be referred to the Department of Social Services for appropriate services. Between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., employees from Warm Bed and the Department of Social Services will make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement. Once placed, staff at DSS and the Office of Housing & Community Development will reach out to those who are homeless in order to access resources for permanent housing.

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