Opening warming centers in Detroit: where to find locations


With a strong cold front and snow showers expected on Wednesday and freezing temperatures already in the air, those in need of warmth can visit several heated shelters and respite locations across Detroit.

The city of Detroit operates four warming centers with local nonprofit homeless service providers until March 31 to offer temporary help when shelters open year-round may be full. A fifth day center, managed by the Pape François Center, is also available at Huntington Place (formerly TCF Center).

Those looking for shelter services or a warm-up center placement should call the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) – the primary entry point for people facing homelessness in the city to get shelter.

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They can call CAM at 313-305-0311 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Outside of CAM’s opening hours, people can visit the following warm-up centers in person until the end of March. The four facilities will operate daily during the winter months:

  • Cass Community Social Services (for families and single women): 1534 Webb St., Detroit, 48206; 313-883-2277
  • Cass Community Social Services (for single women): 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, 48206; 313-883-2277
  • Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (for families and single women): 11037 Mack Ave., Detroit, 48214; 313-993-6703
  • Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (for single men): 3535 Third Ave, Detroit, 48201; 313-993-6703

People can also come to the Pope Francis Center from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday at Huntington Place, located at 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, 48226. Services – including two hot meals, showers, and guest rooms. bedtime – are accessible to everyone. who is homeless.

Five Detroit Recreation Centers – which will be open from Monday – and seven Detroit Public Library branches are available as respite locations, with COVID-19 precautions, including limited capacity and a two-hour limit per visit to library branches. For more information on these places and times, visit

For more information on warming centers, call CAM or the Detroit Health Department at 313-876-4000.

Nushrat Rahman covers economic mobility issues for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit Bridge as a member of the corps with Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. Make a tax deductible contribution to support your work at

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