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Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program for San Diego, California

1997

Since 1997, San Diego County, California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Agency, implemented the Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program, which provides emergency hotel and motel vouchers to homeless families and individuals – seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women – during winter months or inclement weather. Participants are permitted to stay for up to 28 days in the hotel/motel, and during this stay, will have access to resources that will help the individual or families find more permanent housing.

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Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program

The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks.

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The Use of Cooling Centers to Prevent Heat-Related Illness: Summary of Evidence and Strategies for Implementation

August 7, 2017

In August 2017, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released the report, The Use of Cooling Centers to Prevent Heat-Related Illness: Summary of Evidence and Strategies for Implementation, which summarizes the effectiveness of cooling centers through concentrating on relevant peer-reviewed sources. After analyzing this peer-reviewed literature and examples of best practices, the document lays out the steps a health department or other applicable organizations or agencies can take to implement a cooling center.

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CalEPA’s Urban Heat Island Interactive Maps

CalEPA’s Urban Heat Island Interactive Maps: The California Environmental Protection Agency has released an interactive urban heat map tool that shows heat islands throughout the state of California. Using Google Earth, the tool color codes the heat of cities according to intensity, with green at the lowest temperatures, and red at the highest. Temperatures were taken over the summer of two years—2006 and 2013. One of the outputs the map provides is an urban heat index, which quantifies the extent and severity of an urban heat island in a particular area within a city.

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