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As temperatures start to dip into the freezing range, Washtenaw County OCED would like to share information for seasonal programs.

For residents who are housed but facing challenges with their heating, Washtenaw County OCED has resources to prevent or reverse utility shut offs as well as weatherization and furnace replacements.


The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) and the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) have announced the opening of daytime and overnight winter warming centers for those experiencing homelessness during severe cold weather.

Jointly funded for the fourth year by the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County and lead by SAWC; the 2017/2018 winter weather response provides expanded winter shelter services for the homeless.

Shelter Association Winter Programming


Expanded services include an overnight warming center at the Delonis Center from 7:00pm – 7:00am accommodating up to 50 people in the shelter's dining room and common areas and a daytime warming centers at area churches that will be available to the homeless population throughout the winter.

Current Daytime Warming Center Locations & Hours


For individuals needing to escape adverse cold conditions (real or wind chill air temperature at 20 degrees or below) before continuing on their destination; temporary weather havens are also available. These sites are for all Washtenaw County residents and will be activated when the weather reaches extreme temperatures, requiring public school closings.

Current Weather Haven Locations & Hours


Temporary weather havens are identified through outreach to public and private human services providers, county government, and local hospitals who are asked to volunteer their space for residents in need of a warm place during severe cold weather.

“With much colder temperatures around the corner, we are thankful to community partners volunteering their space as temporary weather havens,” said Mercedes Brown, Human Service Manager, OCED. “This allows Washtenaw County to meet the health and safety needs of residents during extreme winter weather.”

The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development is committed to ensuring that all Washtenaw County residents are protected during severe weather conditions.


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