Newark Takes Action To Expand Shelter Access To Protect Homeless From Cold Weather

Wagswoofs  –  A homeless man tragically lost his life to hypothermia in February 2021 after being discovered buried under a pile of snow at Lincoln Park in Newark, NJ.

According to a news story based on a rough count by the state medical examiner, about 30 homeless people in New Jersey died of hypothermia between 2017 and 2022.

The city of Newark is set to activate its “Code Blue” initiative, as the National Weather Service forecasts a 20% chance of showers on New Year’s Day. Additionally, wind chills between 25 and 35 degrees are expected Monday night, January 1.

The city has announced that the activation will start at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, and will run until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Code Blue is initiated either when temperatures reach 32 degrees or when there is a wind chill factor of zero.

Officials have announced that the following shelters will be made available:

You can call 973-390-1147 to get in touch with the Miller Street Pathways to Housing Center at 41 Miller St., Newark. That’s all it does for families.
You can call 973-705-7200 to get in touch with the H.E.L.P. Center at 224 Sussex Ave., Newark. It’s only for adults.

To find out more about protection services, call one of the above shelters or the Newark Office of Homeless Services at 973-877-9481, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To find out more about Code Blue activations in New Jersey and to access information on shelters, please visit www.nj211.org/njcodeblue or dial 211.

During business hours, numerous public libraries, shopping centers, and senior activity centers step in and serve as warming centers.

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