With freezing temperatures moving into the area the city of Austin activated shelter plan to help keep the homeless safe from the cold. The city, while working with the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, identified two shelters that were opened Monday night. Everyone who needs a place to stay was asked to come to the ARCH. That shelter, however, only has space for 215 men. Capital Metro buses were on hand to take the rest of the people to the temporary shelters. Men were taken to one shelter while women and children were taken to another. Those shelters were equipped with blankets, cots, and other necessities for the night. On Tuesday morning, those buses will bring people back to Downtown Austin. "If the weather gets to 35 degrees with precipitation or 32 degrees and dry we activate our shelter operations plan and we have identified many shelters throughout the city," said Candace Wade with Austin Emergency Management. City officials said more shelters would be opened if there is a need for more space.
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