The Baltimore City Health Department has issued a code blue cold weather alert for the rest of the week because of frigid temperatures with the potential to cause health problems, such as hypothermia.
Under the alert, which runs through Sunday, city emergency shelters will extend hours and private shelters will be encouraged to do the same. Emergency workers will reach out to the homeless, elderly and other vulnerable residents to make sure they have shelter and heat.
City health officials are also minding residents with a heart condition not to exert too much physical activity. Those without heat should be careful about using generators and other devices that may cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in enclosed spaces.The Office of Home Energy, 410-396-5555, can provide energy assistance.
The city offers these cold weather tips for staying healthy:
- Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- Always wear a head covering, like a hat and/or scarf, when outdoors.
- Keep space heaters and candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture and loose clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Check on those who are elderly and/or chronically ill.
- Provide appropriate shelter for domestic animals.
Here is a list of city shelters:
Shelter NameHours of OperationAddressPhone NumberCapacityWeinberg Housing & Resource Center (HRC) Open 24 hours620 Fallsway Baltimore, MD 21202443-478-3777 275 (175 men, 75 women, and 25 convalescent care). On Code Blue days, the HRC can serve an additional 25 women and 35 men in the day rooms.Women’s Overflow Shelter Clients are transported from the HRC between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.8 separate locationsN/A60 womenMen’s Overflow ShelterClients are transported from the HRC at 8:30 p.m. Undisclosed locationN/A100 menAmerican Rescue Workers Open between 4:30pm and 6pm until 7am. Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis during weather. 1401 South Hanover Street Baltimore, MD 21230410-539-0816 45 men (can take an additional 10 men in bad weather)Baltimore Rescue Mission Open at 5pm (Mon., Wed., and Fri.) and 6pm (Tues., Thurs, and Weekends) until 6:30am.4 North Central Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202-4622 410-342-2533180 menHelping Up Mission Open at 3pm until 6 am. Hours and intake may be modified if warranted by weather conditions.1029 East Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-675-750050 menMCVETS Shelter intake: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the last Saturday of the month from 8am until noon. (Shelter intake will be done during off-hours on severe weather days.) Day Center open 9am -5pm, 7 days a week. Hours may be added during inclement weather periods. Overflow will be directed to City Shelter.301-321 North High Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-576-962640 (20 men and 20 women)Project PLASE24 hour staff. Intake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can enter later if already accepted.(3 locations) 139 E. North Ave. 201 E. North Ave 1814 Maryland Ave410-837-1400 ext.221 or 227 410-837-1481 410-837-1482 65
Shelters for Women with Children
Shelter NameHours of OperationAddressPhone NumberCapacityChrist Lutheran Place (women & women with children)Open 24 hours701 S. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-752-128540Salvation Army/Booth House (women & families)Open 24 hours1114 N. Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-685-887842 beds (15 beds contracted to DSS)Mount Street/Sarah’s Hope (women & women with children)Open 24 hours1114 Mount Street Baltimore, MD 21217 410-396-2204 410-396-220575Karis Home (women & women with children)Open between 5pm and 8am. Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis during inclement weather. 1228 East Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-342-132330
Shelters for Homeless Youth (ages 14-17)
Shelter NameHours of OperationAddressPhone NumberCapacityLoving Arms24 hours3313 Oakfield Ave.410-367-58698Rose Street24 hours (intake between 9 and 12)2525 E. Madison St.410-342-01047Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun