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Cold weather changes event to raise awareness about homeless

January 31, 2019
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A heavily-layered Duane Elling, of Fenton, walks along a barren, traffic-less First Street to his car after work, facing a wind chill at more than 30 degrees below zero as the sun sets on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a suburban Detroit fundraising event where people planned to sleep outdoors to raise awareness about homelessness has been replaced by efforts to get people indoors during the extreme cold .

The Detroit News reports Roseville police announced the change in plans Thursday morning for the “Sleep Out for the Homeless” that was scheduled to start Friday night outside of police headquarters. The group organizing it, Macomb Feeding The Need, instead will open a temporary shelter.

The change in plans comes amid bitterly cold weather . The National Weather Service says minus 13 degrees (minus 25 degrees Celsius) was recorded Thursday morning in the Detroit area, breaking the record for the day of minus 7 degrees (minus 27 degrees Celsius) set Jan. 31, 1920.

Weather service meteorologist Alex Manion tells the Detroit Free Press people should stay inside if possible and wear multiple layers.

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