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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Rich Products Supports The Opportunity Pledge > Mayor Brown, The WNY Coalition for Homelessness Announce New Code Blue

Mayor Brown, The WNY Coalition for Homelessness Announce New Code Blue Collaborative

November 18 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless held a press conference at the Matt Urban Hope Center to announce a new “Code Blue Collaborative”, informing the public about significant changes this year to its Code Blue Shelter operations. Public support is also being sought.

Code Blue is the City of Buffalo’s emergency weather safety plan that provides outreach, engagement, case management, transportation, shelter and a warm meal to Buffalo's homeless population on evenings when temperatures and wind chill fall to 15 degrees or below from November 15 to March 15. Last year Code Blue served over 600 individuals and has reduced the death rate among Buffalo’s homeless population significantly since its inception in 2009. Code Blue is funded by the City of Buffalo and National Fuel, and is also supported by a collaboration of agencies under the WNYCFTH. It is open to anyone living on the streets and/or needing shelter, but especially targets the chronically homeless and those who live in uninhabitable or dangerous places during extremely low temperatures.

This year's Code Blue Shelters will be located at: The Matt Urban Hope Center- 385 Paderewski Drive, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy- 325 Walden Avenue and Harbor House- 241 Genesee Street. The shelters are in in need of cots, blankets and other basic essential items.

The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless is an association of over 50 service providers and concerned individuals who have joined together to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness in our community. For more information, please visit us as