City of Detroit extends hours at warming centers through March 31, 2017

City of Detroit extends hours at warming centers through March 31, 2017
Posted at 3:17 AM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 03:17:04-05

The City of Detroit, in conjunction with local nonprofit homeless service providers, has opened three warming centers to offer Detroit residents a break from the winter chill from now through March 31, 2017.

The city is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within City limits.

Cass Community Social Services, located at 1534 Webb, has 40 beds and provides services for families (male and female parents and children). The center is open from 4 p.m. - 8 a.m. Contact Shelia Johnson at (313) 883-2277.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has 100 beds for men only. The center, located at 3535 Third Avenue near downtown Detroit, is open from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.  For information, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 993-6703.

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries also operates a second center with 25 beds for women and children only.  The center is at 3840 Fairview between Mack and St. Jean and open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.  For information contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 331-8990.

The three centers will operate daily during the cold weather months, including on holidays.  The facilities combined are expected to accommodate up to 165 persons at a time. During extreme cold, services will be extended to include daytime hours. All the centers will operate on an as-needed basis on weekdays when day time temperature remains 35 degrees or below.

Clients may be picked up by vans from organizations that offer outreach services or be referred by other homeless agencies. Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission.

All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations. If it is determined that a client needs medical attention, an on-call nurse may be contacted for minor medical needs. However, if warranted, EMS is called and the client is transported to a medical facility. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.

For more information call (313) 224-9974 or (313) 610-1859.