DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – It’s that time of the year when winter can be brutal.

Now city officials are stepping in to help the homeless who are struggling to stay warm.

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The Mayor’s office has teamed up with DTE Energy and a nonprofit organization to distribute 500 convertible coats that can be used as a backpack or a sleeping bag.

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It’s made by The Empowerment Plan, an organization hiring homeless to help them get back on their feet.

The Empowerment Plan has been serving Detroit’s homeless community for a total of eight years now.

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