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Warming Centers and Stations Online for Winter

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It may not seem like winter, but once cold weather arrives, Washtenaw County will be ready with safe, warm spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness during severe winter weather.

Washtenaw County has again expanding its daytime and overnight warming to provide safe, warm spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness during severe winter weather.

In response to the harsh winter season of 2013-14, expanded service was developed for 2014/2015 winter season through support from the Winter Emergency Shelter/Warming Center Response work group that included Mission, City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, the local Continuum of Care Board, and the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.  Due to the success of the expanded service, it will be continued for the 2015/2016 season.

To address these very real needs, the work group has worked with local agency partners to provide additional beds this winter. In addition to the 50 beds at the Delonis Shelter, an Overnight Warming Center will be hosted by three congregations on a rotating basis thru March 30th of 2015 from 7pm-7am, and operated by Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC). 

Overnight Warming Center participants are required to check in between 7 and 8 p.m. at Delonis Center, 312 West Huron Street. Individuals will be screened for access to housing resources, then will be bussed to the offsite location. At 7 a.m. each morning, participants will be transported to the Saint Andrew’s breakfast program.

The Daytime Warming Centers will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and participants will be required to give their name every day they attend to keep track of the community need. Monday-Friday daytime warming center will be at the churches on a rotation basis, with the Delonis Center operating Saturday and Sunday from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m..

In cases of extreme cold, when public schools are closed (20 below, with or without wind chill), additional temporary warming stations will also be available to any Washtenaw County resident. Refer to this list for updates throughout the winter.

Funding for additional overnight and daytime warming centers includes significant in-kind contribution from local churches and service providers. The Ann Arbor City Council and the Washtenaw County Commissioners have approved splitting the cost to operate this warming center expansion

Individuals in Washtenaw County who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness can call 734-961-1999.

For more information about the warming centers, please contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes at urteagal@ewashtenaw.org or 734.544.3052.

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