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Detroit opens warming centers to provide relief from the cold

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 09:25:07-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Warming centers and respite locations in Detroit are open to provide relief from the cold.

The city has three warming centers, in conjunction with two local nonprofit homeless service providers, open from now through March 31.

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. A fourth day center has opened at the TCF Center operated by the Pope Francis Center.

Detroit utilizes a coordinated entry process to access shelters and warming centers. Due to COVID-19, the access points have moved from in person to a call line.

Those seeking shelter can contact the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) at (313) 305-0311 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. or Saturday. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Veterans should call (313) 576-1580 Sunday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. CAM staff will assist to explore alternatives to shelters or make shelter placement for the night.

Outside of CAM hours of operation or on holidays, those seeking shelter should come in person at one of the following warming center locations:

Cass Community Social Services, 1534 Webb, Detroit 48206 313.883.2277
Facilities for: Families and Single women

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Genesis House 3, 12900 W. Chicago, Detroit 48227 313.331.8990
Facilities for: Families and Single women

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Third Street, 3535 Third Ave, Detroit 48201 313.993.6703
Facilities for: Single men ONLY

The three facilities will operate daily during the cold weather months, including holidays. During extreme cold, services will be extended to include daytime hours. A fourth center operated by Pope Francis Center at the TCF Center is also operating from Monday - Saturday 7 -11 a.m.

Pope Francis Center, TCF Center 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Facilities for: Anyone who is homeless

All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, showering and sleeping accommodations.

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