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Detroit Offering Warming Centers, Other Emergency Winter Resources

Here are some resources for those seeking refuge from the cold.

January 20, 2019 - 3:21 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- As Metro Detroit continues to dig out of a weekend snow storm that dumped as many as five inches in cities across the area, the cold still lingers.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for most of the state from 6 p.m. Sunday until noon on Monday. 

Temperatures were in the low teens across most of the area Sunday afternoon, but wind chills are expected to get down to around -15 to -20 degrees -- which can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

As temperatures are expected to remain extremely cold for the next few days, the city of Detroit is offering emergency winter resources for residents in search of warmth.

Several warming centers are open to offer residents relief and city departments are mobilizing emergency resources for residents faced with housing emergencies, such as lack of heat or homelessness

Warming Center information:

For Families with Children & Unaccompanied Youth (age 18-24):
•    Southwest Solutions Housing Resource Center, 1600 Porter St., Detroit, Hours: Mon. - Fri. 11am - 7pm
For Singles Adults:
•    NSO Tumaini Center, 3430 3rd Ave., Mon-Fri., 11am – 7pm
•    NOAH Project, 23 E. Adams, Mon-Thurs, 10am – 4pm
For Veterans:
•    Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), 4646 John R. Street on the 2nd Floor, Red Section, Mon.- Fri., 8am-4:30pm
•    Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center (VCRRC), 301 Piquette St., Sun. – Sun 8am – 8pm.

The services and resources are provided through a collaborative effort between the Detroit Health Department, Housing and Revitalization Department, Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the Buildings Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED).
“As temperatures drop, we want to make sure we are prepared to address any and all problems that we face as a city each winter,” said Arthur Jemison, Chief of Services and Infrastructure. “Whether it’s providing shelter to those experiencing homelessness, addressing buildings without heat or even protecting our pets in the cold, we are prepared to ensure all Detroiters have a safe winter season.”

For emergencies, if you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and needs shelter during this period of cold weather, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries at (313) 999-1972 for emergency shelter and transportation. Emergency transportation will be available on Saturday, January 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, January 20 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
For all other residents looking to avoid the cold temperatures, the city has opened three warming centers, in conjunction with two local nonprofit homeless service providers. The City of Detroit is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (two locations) to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless when year-round shelters may be at capacity.

Tips for keeping safe in cold weather include:
•    Keep space heaters and candles at least 3 feet away from flammable materials such as curtains, furniture and clothing – as it can catch fire fast.
•    Do not use stoves or generators as a source of heat. They may cause fire or carbon monoxide poisoning
•    Check the carbon monoxide detector and make sure it’s working.
•    Do not leave your car running in a closed space such as a garage.
•    Dress appropriately for the winter while standing, waiting for bus. It may look a little silly, but moving your body may generate some heat.
Keeping pets safe too
Detroit Animal Care and Control and the Michigan Humane Society will provide free straw to pet owners to insulate the dog’s bedding and/or dog house, if they don’t have proper shelter for the animal. In addition, the Michigan Humane Society will provide other outreach resources for pet owners including dog houses.
Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC) urges pet owners to keep their pets inside during cold weather. If the weather is too cold for a human, then it is too severe for a pet. If dogs are left outside, they should have a draft-free shelter large enough to stand and turn around in, yet small enough to retain body heat. Use a layer of straw or other bedding material to help insulate them against the cold. 

More information on warming centers can be found on the city's website.