WINTER SHELTER STATUS: ACTIVE
Sunday, January 6 through Wednesday, January 23 at 8am
SHELTER IN PLACE ADVISORY: Due to the forecasted extremely cold temperatures, winter shelter sites will “shelter in place” from Sunday, January 20, through Tuesday January 22, 2019. During this time period, winter shelter access is available 24 hours a day.
During the 2018-2019 winter season, October 15 through March 31, the Mayor’s Office of Human Services (MOHS) will provide emergency shelter to all people experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32 degrees and below).
MOHS has partnered with several existing emergency shelters to increase the number of shelter beds available. Shelter utilization is closely monitored on winter shelter nights. If existing facilities reach full capacity on a winter shelter night, MOHS will activate an additional overflow shelter that can accommodate families, adults, and unaccompanied youth (under 25).
Individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness can access overflow shelter and transportation through two hubs:
Families with Minor Children
Weinberg Housing and Resource Center
Shelter seekers should plan to arrive at the appropriate hub for their household type by 6pm to allow sufficient time for transportation to overflow shelter facilities and dinner service. Transportation to overflow shelter will end at 10:30pm.
Participating shelters will provide accommodations from 6pm to 8am the next morning. Each person will be provided with dinner and breakfast, access to shower and laundry services, and transportation to/from the shelter.
Winter Shelter Notifications
Each time a winter shelter night is activated (nights when it is 32 degrees or below with wind chill), MOHS will notify the public, homeless service providers, and individuals in need of shelter through several outlets. Individuals can access real-time information on the MOHS website, or call 311, 211, or Baltimore Crisis Response (410-433-5175) to find out if it is a winter shelter night and how to access shelter. Individuals in need of language translation are encouraged to call 211 to receive winter shelter information. Individuals with vision or hearing impairment may access these hotline services through MD Relay 711.
MOHS will also coordinate street outreach teams to notify unsheltered individuals without access to phone or internet about winter shelter availability.
Daily notifications will go out no later than 3pm, but typically are sent out much earlier and for several winter shelter days at a time if the forecast is predicting prolonged cold weather.
You can find the full winter shelter plan below. MOHS has also developed several flyers and posters to help nonprofit agencies and concerned citizens spread the word about winter shelter availability to people living outside. These files can be downloaded and printed at home, your office, or any print shop.