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Code Blue: New Jersey Emergency Cold Weather Shelters

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.

Warming stations are generally opened during the day for individuals who need a place to stay warm, however some may provide overnight accommodations as well, it all varies by county. Shelters do provide overnight accommodations. Please note that the locations listed below 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. For the most up to date information regarding shelters and warming centers it is always best to consult 2-1-1.

County

Information

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
609-343-2277

Or

NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) 

Or

Rescue Mission of Trenton
609-345-5517


*Call Single Point of Entry First, they will direct you to appropriate services*

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



Bergen County

Bergen Co. Health & Human Services Center
201-336-6475

Or

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



*Call local police department or Bergen Co. Health Human Services Center for up to date information regarding shelters/warming centers*

120 S. River St. Hackensack NJ 07601

 

Burlington County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) 

*Call 211 or local police department first, they will refer you to the appropriate shelter/warming center*



Camden County

Camden County Homeless Hotline
800-331-7272

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

New Life Community Dev Corp (Overnight)
1721 Haddon Ave, Camden, NJ
856-541-5433

Joseph’s House (Overnight)
555 Atlantic Ave, Camden, NJ
856-246-1087

*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
609-886-1325

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


*Call Homeless Hotline First, they will refer you to the appropriate shelter/warming center*

Cumberland County

Call Cumberland County Homeless Hotline
856-825-3144

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

 

Full Gospel Assembly (Shelter)
1059 West Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ, 08360
(856) 692-3005

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

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

Trinity United Methodist Church (Warming Center)
29 West Commerce Street Ext, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 451-0999



Essex County

Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) 

 

 

*These are just a few shelters throughout Essex Co. To be directed to the facility that is most appropriate for you please call NJ 2-1-1*

East Orange, Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation (Overnight)
186 Park Street
732-444-0582

Newark, Catholic Charities-St. Rocco's (24 Hours)
366-368 So. 7th Street
973-286-4175 / 973-286-4176

Newark, Catholic Charities-St. Bridget's (24 Hours)
404 University Avenue
973-799-0484

Newark, Circle of Life (24 Hours)
55 Tillinghast Street 55
862-763-4859

Newark, Covenant House (24 Hours)
330 Washington Street
973-621-8705 (press 0)
Accepts Young Adults

Gloucester County

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

or visit 

First Call for Help/Gloucester County
800-648-0132

*Shelters/Addresses and other pertinent information is given when you call the hotline*

Hudson County

Homeless Help Hotline
800-624-0287

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

The Hudson County Winter Emergency System will be in effect continuously from November 15,2016 ‐ March 31, 2017

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

Hoboken Shelter (Overnight)
300 Bloomfield Ave,
Hoboken

PERC Shelter (Overnight)
117 37th St,
Union City

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

Hudson County Wellness Center (Warming Center)
124 Claremont Ave, Jersey City


Hunterdon County

Hunterdon  Helpline
800-272-4630

Hunterdon County Board of Social Services
908-788-1300

*Please call the homeless hotline or your local board of social services*

Mercer County

Mercer County Homeless Hotline
609-468-8296

*Refer to hotline for assistance, no designated code blue shelters in Mercer county, however if you call the Homeless hotline they will direct you to an out of county shelter that does participate in Code Blue*

Middlesex County

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

NJ 211 – Is the 24/7 Homeless Hotline for Middlesex County

* Please call NJ 2-1-1 24/7 for shelter assistance and warming center information.

Monmouth County

Monmouth County Division of Social Services
732-431-6000

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


* Please call your local Board of Social Services for assistance(daytime and after hours)

*Contact your local police/municipality for up to date information on warming centers

*Additional resources can be found by dialing NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

 

Morris County

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

NJ 211 – Is the 24/7 Homeless Hotline for Morris County

*Please call NJ 2-1-1 24/7 for shelter assistance and warming center information.

Ocean County

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


*Refer to your local Board of Social Services for assistance(daytime and after hours)
 
*Contact your local police/ local municipality for up to date information on warming centers

*Additional resources can be found by dialing NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Passaic County

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

NJ 211 – Is the 24/7 Homeless Hotline for Passaic County

*Please call NJ 2-1-1 24/7 for shelter assistance and warming center information.

Salem County

Salem County Board of Social Services/Homeless Hotline
1-856-299-7200 – 8:00A.M.- 4:00P.M.


Salem County Homeless Hotline
1-877-283-8486 – After 4:00P.M.



*Contact the Salem County Homeless Hotline for further information*

Warming Centers:

First Assembly of God
380 Georgetown Road
Carney's Point , NJ 08069
Tel: 856-299-2821
Open: Guests must sign in by 9:00pm each night

The River Church Salem
91 Walnut Street
Salem, NJ 08079
Tel: 856-275-7279
Open: Guests must be signed in by 9:00pm each night

*Additional resources can be found by dialing NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148)

Somerset County

Somerset County Board of Social Services
908-526-8800
Hours: 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Somerset County Homeless Hotline
1-800-287-3607
Daytime & After Hour 6P.M./ Weekends



*Please call the Somerset County homeless hotline or your local board of social services during daytime hours for assistance.

*After 6P.M. / Weekends call Somerset County Homeless Hotline for assistance.

*Contact local municipalities for information on warming centers

Sussex County

Sussex County Division of Social Services
973-383-3600
8:00AM-4:30PM


Sussex County Division of Social Services

83 Spring Street, Suite 203
Newton, NJ
973-383-3600
8:00 AM.-4:30PM

*After hours services for emergency shelter can be accessed by calling the Division and following the voice message instructions.*

Union County

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

Or

(908) 791-7000
8:30AM-4:30PM

Plainfield Area YMCA 
Union County Homeless Hotline 
(908) 756-6061- Use after 4:00PM



*No designated warming sites
*Refer to Union County Board of Social Services during daytime.

*After hours contact the Union County Homeless Hotline for assistance.

*Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) for additional resources

Warren County

Warren County Division of Temporary Assistance and Social Services
908-475-6301
8:30-4:30PM

Warren County Homeless Hotline - NORWESCAP
877-661-4357
*Use After 4:30p.m/ Weekends

* No designated code blue shelters

*Call Warren County Homeless Hotline for assistance.

Warming Centers:

Safe Harbor Easton
536 Bushkill Drive
Easton, PA 18042
610-258-5540
Hours: Saturday- Wednesday 7P.M.- 7A.M.
*contact homeless hotline for shuttle pickup locations in Easton, PA

Greater Shiloh Church
403 Pastor Fred Davis Street
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
610-252-5640
Hours: Thursday & Friday 7P.M. – 7A.M.
* contact homeless hotline for shuttle pickup locations in Easton, PA

*Call NJ 2-1-1 (877-652-1148) for additional resources

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4/18/2018