Need a warm place tonight? Here are local warming centers, shelters open under Code Blue
Point-in-Time Homeless Count in Bergen County on January 27, 2021. NorthJersey.com
With temperatures expected to drop to frigid levels over the next several nights, 19 New Jersey counties have activated Code Blue, a policy that opens additional beds and warming shelters to take people experiencing homelessness off the streets.
If you need shelter, call the statewide homeless hotline at 211 or 877-652-1148.
"Arctic blast basically [is] coming in overnight, and it is going to be bitterly cold for the next couple of days," Col. Pat Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said at a press briefing Monday. He said that to find a warming center nearby, residents can go to the website NJ211.org.
The Bergen County shelter, at 120 South River St. in Hackensack in the Board of Social Services building, acts as the county's warming shelter, offering additional room for those who need a warm place to stay. The extra space is available between Jan. 10 and 16 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Passaic County will shelter extra people between Jan. 10 and 12 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at three locations: the Passaic County Board of Social Services at 80 Hamilton St. in Paterson; the City of Passaic Warming Center at 276 Broadway in Passaic; and the Christopher Columbus Community Center at 60 Temple St. in Paterson.
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Essex County's five sites are available from Jan. 10 to 14 between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. at the Division of Family Assistance and Benefits on the second floor of 320 University Ave. in Newark; the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Center at 346 16th Ave. in Irvington; the H.E.L.P. Center at 224 Sussex Ave. in Newark; Urban Renewal Corp. at 689 S. 16th St. in Newark; and YMCA of Newark at 600 Broad St.
Hudson County offers Code Blue warming centers between Jan. 10 and 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Locations include the Hudson County Department of Family Services Welfare Division at 257 Cornelison Ave. in Jersey City. Two warming centers allow people in need to stay during the daytime as well: St. Lucy's Shelter at 619 Grove St. in Jersey City and the PERF Shelter at 111 37th St. in Union City.
Shuttles are available for adults at these pickup locations:
- CSPNJ Drop-In Center at 422 MLK Dr., Jersey City: 6:00 p.m., line begins at 5:45 p.m.
- Journal Square at Sip and Bergen avenues, Jersey City: 6:30 p.m., line begins at 6:15 p.m.
- Hoboken Terminal at Observer Highway and Park Avenue, Hoboken: 7:45 p.m., line begins at 7:30 p.m.
People who stay overnight at a warming center will be dropped off in Jersey City or Hoboken beginning at 8 a.m.
Morris County offers a long list of warming centers between Jan. 10 and 12 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Residents should call 211 or their local police dispatch to determine the best location to visit.
- Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance at 340 W. Hanover Ave. in Morristown
- Boonton Municipal Building at 155 Powerville Road
- Chatham Library at 214 Main St.
- Chester Borough Town Hall at 50 North Road
- Chester Library at 250 West Main St.
- Chester Township Municipal Building at 1 Parker Road
- Morris Township Municipal Building at 50 Woodland Ave. in Convent Station
- Denville Municipal Building Community Room at 1 Saint Mary's Place
- Denville Public Library at 121 Diamond Spring Road
- Saint John's Episcopal Church at 11 South Bergen St. in Dover
- Trinity Lutheran Church at 123 East Blackwell St. in Dover
- Victory Gardens Fire House at 425 Washington Ave. in Dover
- East Hanover Fire Headquarters at 323 Ridgedale Ave.
- East Hanover Public Library at 415 Ridgedale Ave.
- East Hanover Recreation Center at Fifth Street and Yale Avenue
- East Hanover Senior Center at 96 Mount Pleasant Ave.
- Florham Park Borough Hall at 111 Ridgedale Ave.
- Florham Park First Aid Squad at 60 Felch Road
- Florham Park Senior Center at 111 Ridgedale Ave.
- Long Hill Public Library at 917 Valley Road in Gillette
- Kinnelon Municipal Building at 130 Kinnelon Road
- Kinnelon Public Library at 132 Kinnelon Road
- Madison Public Library at 39 Keep St.
- The Madison Civic Center at 28 Walnut St.
- Hartley Dodge Memorial Building at 50 Kings Road in Madison
- Madison Community House at 25 Cook Ave.
- Madison Public Safety Building at 62 Kings Road
- Parsippany Community Center at 1130 Knoll Road in Lake Hiawatha
- Parsippany-Troy Hills Library Lake Hiawatha Branch at 68 Nokomis Ave. in Lake Hiawatha
- Jefferson Township Municipal Complex at 1033 Weldon Road in Lake Hopatcong
- Lincoln Park Borough Hall at 34 Chapel Hill Road
- Washington Township Library at 37 East Springtown Road in Long Valley
- Washington Township Senior Center at 50 Rock Road in Long Valley
- Mendham Borough Library at 10 Hilltop Road
- Mine Hill Civic Center at 12 Baker St.
- Morris Plains Community Center at 51 Jim Fear Drive
- Harding Municipal Building at 21 Blue Mill Road in Morristown
- Morristown Town Hall at 200 South St.
- Mount Arlington Civic Center at 18 N. Glen Ave.
- Parsippany-Troy Hills Library Mount Tabor Branch at 31 Trinity Park in Mount Tabor
- Mountain Lakes Public Library at 9 Elm Road
- Parsippany Police Athletic League at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany
- Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library at 449 Halsey Road in Parsippany
- Pequannock Senior House at 530 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains
- Roxbury Public Library at 103 Main St. in Succasunna
- Hanover Township Community Center at 15 N. Jefferson Road in Whippany
Warren County doesn't formally activate Code Blue, said the county's emergency management coordinator, Frank Wheatley, because the county doesn't reach the threshold of people experiencing homelessness that is required, he said. In the 2021 point-in-time count, where volunteers and shelters count the number of people experiencing homelessness on one night, Warren counted six unsheltered people and 68 people living in shelters. If someone needs shelter in Warren County, they should call 211, he said.
Similarly, Sussex County, which did not issue a Code Blue alert, counted eight people living on the streets and 32 living in shelters in January 2021.
For a list of licensed homeless shelters by county, see below:
- Bergen County Board of Social Services at 120 S. River Street, Hackensack
- Hope through Care Inc at 89 First St., Clifton
- Paterson Task Force at 36-38 Circle Ave., Paterson
- St. Paul's Community Development Corp at 451 Van Houten St., Paterson
- Eva's Sheltering Program at 389 Main St. and 31 Jackson St., Paterson
- The Good Shepherd Mission Inc. at 336 Broadway Ave, Paterson
- Hispanic Multipurpose Service Center at 911 East 23rd St., Paterson
- Paterson Task Force at 28-32 Circle Ave., Paterson
- Women and Families Ascending Association at 1009 Valley Road, Wayne
- Community Faith for Housing Inc. at 300 Bloomfield St., Hoboken
- Belmont Guest House at 188 Belmond Ave., Jersey City
- Seaview Guest House Urban Renewal at 125 Seaview Ave., Jersey City
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark at 615 Grove St.; 246 Second St.; 619 Grove St., Jersey City
- York Street Project at 81 York St., Jersey City
- Palisades Emergency Residence Corp, 108 36th St., Union City
- Homeless Solutions at 540 W. Hanover, Morristown
- Market Street Mission at 9 Market St., Morristown
- Birth Haven Inc. at 4 Academy St., Newton
- Sierra House Inc. at 85-87 N. 14th St., East Orange
- AIDS Resource Foundation at 11 S. Maple Ave., East Orange
- HBP Rain Foundation at 168 Park St., East Orange
- Isaiah House at 238 N. Munn Ave., East Orange
- Turning Point Community SVS at 1011 Grove St., Irvington
- Real House Recovery at 31 N. Mountain Ave. and 95 Grove St., Montclair
- The Salvation Army Inc. at 68 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair
- The Apostles House Inc. at 18 Grant St. and 30 Grant St., Newark
- Answers Moving Forward at 712 Springfield Ave., Newark
- Helping the Homeless at 269 Mount Prospect Ave., Newark
- URC at 689 S. 16th St. and 224 Sussex Ave., Newark
- Newly Destined Inc. at 1114-1116 Broad St., Newark
- Goodwill Rescue Mission Inc. at 42 Eagle St. and 79 University Ave., Newark
- United Community Corp. at 31 Fulton St., Newark
- Missionaries of Charity at 60 Jay St., Newark
- Catholic Charities at 366-368 S. Seventh St.; 404 University Ave.; and 47-71 Miller St., Newark
- Fairmount Health SCV Inc. at 202-206 Fairmount Ave., Newark
- YMWCA of Newark Housing Dept. at 600 Broad St., Newark
- Peace House Inc at 9 Madison Ave., Newark
- Covenant House NJ Inc. at 330 Washington St., Newark
- Newark Transitional Living Program at 212 Peshine Ave. and 198 Clinton Ave., Newark
- The Restoration Center Inc. at 272-290 South 12th St., Newark
- Circle of Life Inc. at 55 Tillinghast St., Newark
- Positive Health Care Inc. at 600 Broad St., Newark
Ashley Balcerzak is a reporter covering affordable housing and its intersection of how we live in New Jersey. For unlimited access to her work, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.