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Code Blue: New Jersey Emergency Cold Weather Shelters

What is a Code Blue Alert?

A Code Blue alert is declared whenever temperatures drop below the freezing point and weather conditions pose a danger to the homeless population. The Code Blue Alert allows authorities to take homeless people to local shelters or other agencies, known as Warming Centers. These shelters make additional beds and space available until conditions improve and the alert is called off.

New Jersey has a network of agencies throughout most counties. These agencies provide shelter, food, and clothing assistance for people whenever a Code Blue Alert has been issued. Each county/municipality has a different protocol about weather and temperature guidelines for a Code Blue Alert. Not all counties participate in this alert system. A Code Blue alert for counties that do participate is typically issued once temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. Essex County will only issue a Code Blue alert if the temperature drops below 15 degrees.  

Warming Centers and shelters that participate in the Code Blue alert system as of January 8, 2016 are listed below. Please note that these locations are only able to help people in need when a Code Blue has been issued by the county. To find out if a Code Blue Alert has been issued in a particular county, please contact either the local police municipalities or visit the county/town website. 



Designated Code Blue Shelter/Warming Center Locations

(Please call ahead to find out about services when Code Blue is in effect)

Atlantic County

Single Point of Entry

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

AtlantiCare Hospital
1925 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
(609) 345-4000

Atlantic City Rescue Mission
2009 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-5517

Bergen County

Please contact local Police Department regarding Warming Centers.

Call local police department for further assistance

Burlington County

CONTACT of Burlington
856-234-8888 or 866-234-5006

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) 

Christian Caring Center
378 Lakehurst Road Browns Mill, NJ 08015 609-893-0700 (Day only)

First Baptist Church
1462 Junction Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
(609) 893-9155 (Evening only)

Extended Hands Ministries
9 Garden Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 288-6177 (evening only)

Camden County

Camden County

Camden County Homeless Hotline

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Audubon Park Senior Center/Park Boro

Berlin Boro Inter-Com Amb
8 Park Avenue Berlin, NJ

(There are over 50 Code Blue locations in Camden County. For more information, please dial 2-11, or call any Local Police Department or Camden County Homeless Hotline for further assistance).

Cape May County

Cape May County Homeless Hotline

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

(Board of Social Services will give vouchers for local motels to homeless individuals when temperatures reach 32 degrees or below).

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Homeless Hotline

The Code Blue Hotline for the City of Bridgeton and City of Vineland:
Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)


St. Andrews Church
186 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-3233

First Presbyterian Church
800 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 691-2283

Bethany Grace Community Church
31 North Pearl Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-4601

Salvation Army
29 West Commerce Street Ext, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-0999

Essex County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) 



East Orange, Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation
186 Park Street

Montclair, Interfaith Hospitality
46 Park Street

Newark, Catholic Charities-St. Rocco's
366-368 So. 7th Street
973-286-4175 / 973-286-4176

Newark, Catholic Charities-St. Bridget's
404 University Avenue

Newark, Circle of Life
55 Tillinghast Street 55

Newark, Covenant House
330 Washington Street
973-621-8705 (press 0)
Accepts Young Adults

Newark, United Community Corporation
31 Fulton Street
Warming Center Only (7am-5pm)

*For more locations please check

Gloucester County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)
or visit 
First Call for Help/Gloucester County

Mantua Township Community Center
111 Mercer Ave. Mantua, NJ 08080

Glassboro Senior Center
152 S. Delsea Dr. Glassboro, NJ 08028

Pfeiffer Community Center
301 Blue Bell Street Williamstown, NJ 08094

Franklin Community Center 1584 Coles Mill Road Franklinville, NJ 08322

Thorofare Fire Hall

Second Baptist Church
1534 Pine Street Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Hudson County

Homeless Help Hotline

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

The Hudson County Winter Emergency System will be in effect continuously from December 1, 2014 ‐ March 15, 2015 (Also before that date and after, if temperatures drop below 32 degrees).

St. Lucy’s Shelter (overnight)
619 Grove St,
Jersey City

Hoboken Shelter(overnight)
300 Bloomfield Ave,

PERC Shelter (overnight)
108 36th St,
Union City

GSECDC Hudson CASA Drop in Center (Day Warming Center)
514 Newark Ave,
Jersey City

CSP Self Help Center(Day Warming Center)
880 Bergen Ave,
Jersey City

Hunterdon County

Hunterdon  Helpline

Hunterdon County Board of Social Services

(Board of Social Services will give vouchers for local motels to homeless individuals when temperatures reach 32 degrees or below).

Mercer County

Mercer County Homeless Hotline


Middlesex County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Elijah’s Promise Soup kitchen
18 Neilson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 545-9002

Monmouth County

Monmouth County Department of Human Services/Division of Social Services 732-431-6000

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)


Morris County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Also check municipal websites.

Morristown Train Station
122 Morris Street

Morristown Fire House
161 Speedwell Avenue

Ocean County

(North) Ocean County Board of Social Services/Homeless Hotline
(732) 240-6100

(South) Ocean County Board of Social Services/Homeless Hotline
(609) 693-5834

Homeless Youth Hotline

Ocean County


Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)


Passaic County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)


Salem County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Salme County Board of Social Services/Homeless Hotline


Somerset County

Somerset County Board of Social Services 73 East High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 526-8800

Homeless Hotline

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Local motels, YMCAs, and the Agape House, a family shelter in Somerville

Sussex County

Sussex County Board of Social Services
(No Code Blue Alert System in Sussex County).

Call local police department for further assistance

Union County

Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services/Union County Homeless Hotline
(908) 756-0206 Ext: 19

Plainfield Area YMCA
Union County Homeless Hotline
(908) 756-6061

Union County Board of Social Services
(908) 965-2700
908) 791-7000

The Salvation Army
1018 East Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 352-2886

Plainfield Area YMCA
518 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-6060

Warren County

Warren County Homeless Hotline

Warren County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Office of Emergency Management

Hackettstown Municipal Building
215 West Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3130