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Warming shelters opening in Buffalo ahead of cold weather

With some of the coldest weather in four years on the way, warming shelters have been opened across the city.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ahead of an Arctic blast at the end of this week, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is opening warming shelters throughout the city.

“We want to be sure everyone who needs a place to keep warm has somewhere to go at the end of the week. Buffalo’s daytime and early evening warming centers are one way we can help people in need cope with the forecasted weather that includes single digit temperatures. I remind everyone to use extreme caution, make good decisions, dress appropriately and check on your neighbors,” Brown said.

Here is a list of shelters that will be open Thursday and Friday:

  • Asarese Community Center 50 Rees Street Thurs & Friday/2p-10pm
  • Autumnwood Senior Center 1800 Clinton Avenue Thurs & Friday/8am-4pm
  • Delavan Grider Community Center 877 E. Delavan Thurs & Fri/8am-8pm
  • George K. Arthur Community Center 2056 Genesee Street Thurs & Fri/9am-4pm 
  • Gloria J Parks Community Center 3242 Main Street Thurs & Fri/8am-9pm 
  • Hennepin Community Center 24 Ludington Avenue Thursday & Friday /9am-5pm 
  • JFK Community Center 114 Hickory Street Thurs & Fri/2-10pm 
  • Northwest Buffalo Community Center 155 Lawn Avenue Thurs & Fri/8:30am-3:30pm 
  • Lincoln Field House Community Center (City Site) 10 Quincy Street Thurs & Fri/2pm-10pm 
  • Peter Machnica Community Center (City Site) 1799 Clinton Street Thursday & Fri/2pm-10pm 
  • Tosh Collins Community Center 35 Cazenovia Street Thursday & Friday/2pm-10pm 
  • Valley Community Association Senior Center 93 Leddy Street Thurs & Fri/8am-5:30pm 
  • William Emslie YMCA Senior Center 585 William Street Thurs & Friday/6am-8pm 
  • 586 Genesee Street Friday 7:00am-6:00pm 

Additionally, a Code Blue 15 has been issued for the city and Holy Cross 412 Niagara St. and 586 Genesee St. will be open Thursday night 6 p.m. to Friday 7 a.m. 

The Rural Outreach Center will also start picking people up at 7 p.m. on Thursday who need a ride to one of the Code Blue warming shelters. Just call 716-240-2220 ext. 106.

"We have warming centers, we want people off the street, we have an outreach van for the City of Buffalo as well as outside the City of Buffalo. They often go to where they know homeless people congregate and encourage them to get out of the cold," said Marie Cannon, Erie County Commissioner of Social Services. 

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