WINTER SHELTER STATUS: NOT ACTIVE
During the 2019-2020 winter season, October 15, 2019, through April 1, 2020, 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).
Individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness can access the following locations and transportation:
Beans & Bread
My Sister’s Place
Families with Minor Children
Shelter seekers should plan to arrive at the appropriate hub for their household type by 6 pm to allow sufficient time for transportation to overflow shelter facilities and dinner service. Transportation to overflow shelter will end at 10:30 pm.
Participating shelters will provide accommodations from 6 pm to 8 am 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 government agencies, hospitals, CoC membership, and the general 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 and 211 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 3 pm 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 a street outreach card to help nonprofit agencies and concerned citizens spread the word about shelter and service availability to people living outside. These files can be downloaded and printed at home, your office, or any print shop.