Duluth warming center changes location

The warming center will be open on nights with forecast lows of 32 or below. The warming center will be open on nights with forecast lows of 32 or below. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: November 06, 2020 01:47 PM

The Duluth warming center for people who need shelter has been moved to a different location days before its likely seasonal opening.

Instead of City Center West, the warming center will be located in the Rainbow Center at Tri-Towers, 211 North 3rd Avenue East in the Central Hillside neighborhood. A statement by the city and its partners said the change was made because the Rainbow Center is larger and can better accomodate social distancing.

"The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority is happy to provide space for the emergency warming center," Jill Keppers, executive director of the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority, said in a news release. "This space is not being used due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, we are able to use the space so that people experiencing homelessness can not only come in from the cold but also can use the space to sleep in if they need to because it has sprinklers."

The warming center will be open on nights with the National Weather Service predicts a temperature to drop to 32 degrees or below. As of Friday, the forecast calls for that to happen beginning Monday night.

The warming center will operate from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The Duluth Transporation Center will provide transportation to and from the site.

CHUM, St. Louis County, and Loaves and Fishes are also partners in the warming center effort. CHUM’s Drop-in-Center will also be open as a second location 24 hours per day.

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