Warming centers opened around Wayne County

Centers fill up quickly as extreme cold enters southeast Michigan


DETROIT – With sub-zero temperatures approaching southeastern Michigan this weekend, several warming centers have opened in Wayne County.

On a freezing night like Saturday night, consider this: There are roughly 20,000 homeless people in Detroit. Shelters can take care of about half of them.

That leaves 10,000 people on the street and there are only three warming centers, including Cass Community Church, open overnight.

Since November on any given night, the warming center at Cass Community Church has been at capacity. Fifty beds are quickly taken by the young and old alike.

It takes just a few minutes outside for the bone-chilling temperatures to set in. A mother and her son decided Mother Nature wouldn't get in the way of their dinner plans Saturday and bundled up for a short walk.

In Detroit, there are about 300 overnight beds available at warming centers. Rev. Faith Fowler told Local 4 news she sees 30 to 35 kids at the church every night. Some of the children come right after school, and more and more come with their fathers.

A fundraising effort recently collected 3,000 shoes and boots for those in need.

Below is a list of other warming centers in Wayne County:

Canton Township:

Canton Public Library
1200 Canton Center Road
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Summit on the Parkway
46000 Summit Parkway
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dearborn Heights:

Richard A Young Recreation Center
5400 McKinley
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

John F. Kennedy Library
24602 Van Born
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Caroline Kennedy Library
24590 George Street
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Operation Get Down
10100 Harper
Saturday: 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Operation Get Down 2
6821 Medbury
Daily: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Detroit Rescue Mission
3535 Third
Open 24 hours


Flatrock Community Center
1 McGuire
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Garden City:

The Family Resource Center
(Maplewood Community Center)
31735 Maplewood
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Good Hope Lutheran Church
28680 Cherry Hill at Hartel
Daily: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grosse Pointe Woods:

Community Center
20025 Mack Avenue
24 Hours
125 Capacity

Grosse Ile:

Public Safety Building
24525 Meridian
24 hours as needed


Senior Plaza
2620 Holbrook
24 hours

Cornell Hamtramck Homes
12025 Dequindre
24 hours


Livonia Recreation Center
15100 Hubbard
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents only

River Rouge:

River Rouge City Hall/Police Department
10600 West Jefferson Avenue
24 hours


Rockwood City Hall
32409 Fort Street
24 hours


William P. Faust Public Library
6123 Central City Parkway
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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