January 21, 2013

Warming Center at 10 S Kedzie Open Monday Jan 21st

Bitter Cold Temps Prompt Opening on ML King Birthday Holiday

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Warming Center at the Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie, will be open on Monday, during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday , from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., due to bitter cold temperatures.

Normally DFSS’s Warming Centers at six of our Community Service Centers citywide are only open during regular business hours on weekdays when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. On weekends, holidays, or during off hours, persons seeking warming centers will be directed by 3-1-1 to other City facilities closest to them, including police stations.

Anyone seeking a warming center during Monday’s holiday should continue to call 3-1-1 for information about the facility closest to them, or to secure transport if they can’t get to that facility. The opening of the 10 S. Kedzie facility will augment this overall network of facilities.

The best advice for anyone seeking warming centers, temporary shelter or to request any other City services is to call 3-1-1.


At 9AM 49 residents were using the Warming Center at 10 South Kedzie. By Noon we counted 64 people inside the Warming Center. Our latest count at 4PM Count produced a total of 95 residents. 92 will be going to various shelters. 2 will be going home. 1 will be going to a friend's house. So all have a place to go once they leave the warming center.

On Tuesday, a regular business day, all six of the DFSS Regional Community Service Centers citywide will be open during the day for warming and other City services as will 21 Senior Service Centers which are for the exclusive use of Chicago’s seniors.

DFSS wants to remind any Chicagoan who needs access to a Warming Center, overnight shelter or transportation to either, or to request a well being check should call 3-1-1 at any hour of the day.

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