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Albany County Posts Info/Assistance for Cold Weather

January 04, 2018

With the start of what meteorologists are calling a “bomb cyclone,” Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy reminds everyone to stay indoors as much as possible, get to a shelter or warming shelter if you don’t have heat and to keep tabs on your elderly friends and neighbors. The winter weather advisory is in effect through Friday morning, and a wind chill warning is in effect through Sunday morning.

“When the mercury drops and the winds kick in, it doesn’t take long to get cold and you can get frostbite in a little as 10 minutes if skin is exposed,” said Albany County Executive McCoy.  “We all need to be smart and make sure we help everyone stay out of the dangerous cold.” 

Tips and warming sites are posted on our website at 

  • Homeless shelters are alerted and ready to shelter all in need.
  • During this extreme weather, shelters will allow residents to stay during daytime hours. 
  • The Safe Haven (26 South Swan Street) is open during the day as a warming station - (518) 694-8899, as is the City Mission (Pearl Street).
  • Albany City Libraries are open as warming stations during the day.
  • CDTA buses will transport for free those in need to a shelter or to Safe Haven drop-in or City Mission.
  • People who are homeless and those who have no heat should come to Albany County DSS at 162 Washington Avenue, Albany for shelter or fuel Thursday and Friday from 8:00am through 4:00pm.
  • Those without fuel or heat may also go to the Green Street (230 Green Street, 3rd Floor, Albany) or Ravena (9W Faith Plaza) HEAP offices as well as at DSS.
  • Please note that service will not be terminated by any utility vendor (for nonpayment) any time the temperature reaches 32 degrees or below.
  • After hours, HATAS should be called for shelter placement at (518) 463-2124 or (866) 201-7399.
  • Call the police if you see someone who is in danger of exposure.

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