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Vt. extends hotel room policy for cold homeless

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The frigid temperatures have prompted the state of Vermont to provide homeless people with motel rooms for the night to keep them out of the extreme cold.

Matt Young, of the HowardCenter's street outreach team, which provides services to the homeless population in the Burlington area, says the so-called cold-weather exception was brought about by the cold temperatures, which fell to well below minus 10.

As of 9 a.m. Friday the temperature was minus 9 at the Burlington International Airport. The forecast high for the day is minus 6 with an overnight low Friday of minus 15.

Becky Holt, of the Committee on Temporary Shelter, tells the Burlington Free Press says the organization worked with homeless people Thursday to make sure they had shelter for the night.

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