Monday, January 5, 2015

Detroit opens three warming centers as temperatures plunge

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM

With frigid cold temperatures creeping into the region, the city of Detroit says three warming centers have been opened for residents through March 31. 

Detroit recreation centers and public libraries will also be opened to let residents keep warm during the winter months, according to a press release.

The city says it has contracted with three local nonprofit homeless service providers — Cass Community Social Services, Operation Get Down, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — "to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and/or do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within city limits," the press release says. The facilities are expected to accommodate as many as 400 individuals at a time, the city says. 

Here's some background on the warming centers, according to the press release:

Cass Community Social Services, located at 3901 Cass Avenue, has 50 beds and will be open from 4 p.m.-8 a.m. daily. Contact Rev. Faith Fowler at 313-833-7730 or 313-883-2277 or by email at for more information.

Operation Get Down, located at 6821 Medbury Streeet between the I-94 Service Drive and E. Grand Boulevard, has 200 beds for adults and children and will be open from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. daily. Contact Linda Jefferson at 313-925-4138 or by email at for more information. 

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, located at 3535 Third Avenue, has 100 beds for men only and will be open from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. daily. Contact Daniel Townsend at 313-993-6703 or by email at for more information. 

During extreme weather conditions, including holidays, each warming center will be operational. If weather forecasts suggest temperatures will be at 10 degrees or lower, hours of operation will be extended into the daytime, the press release says. 

Individuals are provided two hot meals, counseling, showering, and sleeping accommodations at the warming centers, the press release says. Medical attention will be provided, if deemed necessary. Specific questions on the warming centers can be addressed by calling 313-224-9224, 313-224-9027, or 313-610-1859.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation