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Human rights commission wants Columbia to change temperature rule for Wabash overnight center

(2021 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia)

Columbia’s Human Rights Commission is recommending that the city implement a temporary increase in the cut-off temperature for the emergency Wabash overnight center from nine degrees Fahrenheit to 18 degrees for the upcoming winter.

Commission chair Amanda Hinnant has presented a report to the city council, which says that if the threshold were 18 degrees instead of nine last winter, the center would have been available an additional seven nights: one in December, two in January and four in February.

The council has not taken action on the proposal.

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