ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Code Blue has been extended in Albany.
The Capital City Rescue Mission on South Pearl Street will be working to keep people warm during the frigid temperatures. During a Code Blue, teams help transport and shelter homeless people in Albany during extreme winter weather.
A Code Blue is in place when the temperature is ten degrees or colder, including wind chill.
"We were at 220 last night, which we are usually at 180. So it has been pretty strong, 15 to 20 percent increase in homeless people coming to the mission this year. The weather is part of it and the economy is another part," explained Perry Jones, Executive Director of the Capital City Rescue Mission.
Anyone who wants to help can volunteer, or donate hats, coats, mittens, gloves and blankets. Jones said the CDTA, and police and fire department all work together to help people get to the mission safely.