For Immediate Release: 1/13/2022 6:40 pm
Extremely cold temperatures are expected in the region this weekend. The City will provide outreach to homeless individuals who may be particularly vulnerable to the harsh weather conditions.
In addition to local shelters being open to the homeless population throughout the day, warming centers for all individuals will be available at the following locations:
Be prepared for the cold weather by following these safety tips throughout the winter season:
The City of Worcester’s Homeless Outreach Team and Quality of Life Team will connect members of the homeless community with shelter, treatment or hospital services, depending on need, as
part of a focus on harm reduction. The team will also distribute hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and clothing to those exposed to the elements.
Homeless individuals seeking shelter from the cold may access the SMOC shelter at 25 Queen St. Hotel Grace, an emergency shelter with 60 beds located at, 44 Vernon St., is open through May 2022, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with funding through the Office of City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., and is available as space allows. Harbor will also serve as a warming center for individuals who identify as women as beds are available, and can be reached at 508-556-6101.
More winter weather safety/preparation tips are available at: www.ready.gov/winter-weather. Residents are also encouraged to sign-up for ALERTWorcester and Smart911 to stay informed and be prepared in case of an emergency.