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Winter Weather Advisory: Additional Resources Available to Homeless

Winter Weather Advisory: Additional Resources Available to Homeless

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The National Weather Service continues to forecast record-setting low temperatures and dangerous wind chills throughout the week with the possibility for more precipitation over the weekend. These low temperatures pose a threat to Norman’s homeless population. In response, the Cleveland County Continuum of Care, of which Norman is the lead agency, has made additional resources available to provide continuous access to shelter throughout the weather event.

The City of Norman’s Warming Shelter, located at 325 East Comanche Street is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly through March 2021. The shelter has a maximum capacity of 35 guests and is currently averaging 10 or less guests per night. Answers to frequently asked questions about shelter rules and safety can be found here.

During the extreme weather event, Food and Shelter, located at 201 Reed Avenue, will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. In addition to the regularly provided breakfast and lunch, a dinner of hot drinks and ready to eat meals will be available. Transportation between the Warming Shelter and Food and Shelter’s facilities will also be provided. Those utilizing this service will be able to stay at the Warming Shelter until transportation arrives.

Salvation Army, located at 318 E. Hayes Street, will also be extending their availability during the cold snap. Guests who have already been screened and are on the bed list will be allowed to stay in the facility throughout the day. Hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. with dinner served at 5:30 p.m.

Those in need of warm clothes, shelter, or any other assistance during this freezing event should call 211 for the assistance hotline.

To make a monetary donation or volunteer contact United Way at (405) 329-2025. Items including small blankets, hand warmers, socks, gloves, gently used jackets, and hats should be donated directly to Food and Shelter or Salvation Army.

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