WINTER SHELTER STATUS: INACTIVE
About Winter Shelter
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) FY 2024 Winter Shelter Plan is in effect from November 1, 2023, to April 1, 2024. MOHS will provide extended emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32 degrees and below).
MOHS may activate the Winter Shelter Plan before November 1, 2023, or beyond April 1, 2023, if there is extreme inclement weather.
How to Connect with Winter Shelter for the Night
For families, adults, and couples seeking shelter referrals, please contact the Baltimore City Shelter Hotline at 443-984-9540, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, between 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. On nights when Winter Shelter is active, community partners and shelter seekers can also contact the Winter Shelter Hotline at 410-305-7132 between 9:00 pm - 12:00 am midnight.
Winter Shelter Transportation
Families seeking shelter will be picked up from their current location at the time of calling the Shelter Hotline. Single adults and couples should call the Shelter Hotline for shelter referrals before arriving at the pick-up locations. The following locations will serve as transportation pick-up and drop-off locations, Monday – Sunday from 4:00 pm - 7:30pm.
My Sister's Place Women's Center
17 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Beans & Bread
402 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Health Care for the Homeless
421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202
*Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET)
301 N. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
*Sleep Inn & Suites
301 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202
*Holiday Inn Express
221 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
*Winter Shelter Sites
Participating Winter Shelter Sites will provide accommodations from 4:00 pm to 9:00 am the next morning. Each person will be provided access to dinner and breakfast, shower and laundry services, case management, vaccine clinics, and transportation to/from the shelter.
Winter Shelter Notifications
Each time a winter shelter night is activated (nights when it is 32 degrees or below with wind chill), the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will notify government agencies, hospitals, Continuum of Care (CoC) members, homeless service providers, general public and individuals in need of shelter. Notifications may be received through several outlets such as MOHS' website, e-blasts, and social media. MOHS will also coordinate street outreach teams to notify unsheltered individuals without access to phone or internet about winter shelter availability.
Daily notifications will go out no later than 2:00 pm and for several winter shelter days at a time if the forecast is predicting prolonged cold weather. Access real-time information by calling 311 and 211 to find out if Winter Shelter is active and how to access shelter.
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Code Blue Extreme Cold Activation
Code Blue season is from November 15, 2023, to March 15, 2023. The Health Commissioner declares a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert during periods of extremely cold weather. Code Blue Extreme Cold is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia deaths during the winter months by protecting our City's vulnerable populations.
If possible, the decision to declare a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert will be made by 4:00 pm on the business day before or by 4:00 pm on the Friday before the weekend in which extreme cold weather is forecast. Please sign up for the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) newsletter for Code Blue notifications.