You are here: Home Government Departments Community and Economic Development OCED News 2017 Washtenaw County Winter Weather Response

Washtenaw County Winter Weather Response

Washtenaw County & City of Ann Arbor fund warming centers for those experiencing homelessness.

Washtenaw County Winter Weather Response

Cold Weather

The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) and the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) announce the opening of winter warming centers for those experiencing homelessness during severe cold weather. 

Jointly funded for the fourth year by the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County and lead by SAWC; the 2017/2018 winter weather response provides expanded winter shelter services for the homeless. 

Expanded services include an:

  • overnight warming center at the Delonis Center from 7pm – 7am accommodating up to 50 people in the shelter's dining room and common areas; and  
  • daytime warming centers at area churches that will be available to the homeless population throughout the winter. 

A current list of daytime center locations and hours are available here.

“This funding is a lifesaver for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community looking for a warm place to go during severe cold weather” said Daniel Kelley, Executive Director, SAWC.

For individuals needing to escape adverse cold conditions (real or wind chill air temperature at 20 degrees or below) before continuing on their destination; temporary weather havens are also available.

These sites are for all Washtenaw County residents and will be activated when the weather reaches extreme temperatures, requiring public school closings. A current list of weather haven locations and hours are available here

Temporary weather havens are identified through outreach to public and private human services providers, county government, and local hospitals who are asked to volunteer their space for residents in need of a warm place during severe cold weather. 

“With much colder temperatures around the corner, we are thankful to community partners volunteering their space as temporary weather havens,” said Mercedes Brown, Human Service Manager, OCED. “This allows Washtenaw County to meet the health and safety needs of residents during extreme winter weather.”

The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development is committed to ensuring that all Washtenaw County residents are protected during severe weather conditions.



  • Emergency Transportation To Overnight Warming Center: The Delonis Center has developed a transportation option in response to an unsheltered emergency after 5pm (Monday-Friday) and on weekends. This additional winter response is for homeless individuals who lack transportation to the overnight warming center at the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor. First responders are to call the Delonis Center at 734-662-2829 ext. 238 to dispatch a cab to pick up and transport an individual to the overnight warming center.  


During regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9am-5pm), individuals must obtain a referral from the Housing  Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) by calling 734-961-1999.             


  • Mental Health & Homelessness Response: If it appears that a homeless individual may have mental health concerns, Washtenaw County’s Project Outreach Team (PORT) can be called. Please contact either John Stacy (, 734-474-2416) or Sarah Aseltyne (, 734-787-1532).



Document Actions
Google Translate