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City Council Changes Warming Center Activation Criteria

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With winter approaching and cold nights ahead, the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to change the activation criteria for warming shelters. 

In the past, warming shelters in Spokane were opened when the temperature was predicted to be fifteen degrees or less. Monday night, council members voted to change the guidelines from a fifteen degree requirement to a twenty degree requirement. Council members say the changes better protect the vulnerable homeless population of Spokane. 

Changing the requirements for an activation will result in additional costs, but will not impact the 2013 budget and the 2014 proposed budget supports the added expense. 

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