Help for Getting Out of the Cold
The City of Windsor is reminding
everyone of the options available to those experiencing homelessness when
extreme cold strikes.
Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued
when the temperatures are -27°C (-16.6°F) with
or without the wind chill for one day. The Health Unit will also consider factors that increase the impact of cold weather on health,
including precipitation, low daytime temperatures, or several days and nights
of cold weather in a row.
Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness
or those under-housed; those who work outdoors; people with a pre-existing
heart condition or respiratory illness; elderly people; infants and young
The following emergency shelters are
available for people in Windsor and Essex County:
Welcome Centre Shelter for
(Services for single women
263 Bridge Avenue
The Salvation Army
(Services for single men)
355 Church Street
(Services for single men,
women and families)
875 Ouellette Avenue
Transportation may be
provided for Essex County residents who are eligible for emergency shelter
To stay warm during the day, people
experiencing homelessness are welcome to go to their local community centres or
public libraries, which have locations throughout Windsor and Essex County.
When to Call 911
Being outdoors for prolonged periods of
time during extreme cold can lead to frostbite or hypothermia, which constitute
a medical emergency. If you are concerned about someone who is living outdoors
during extreme cold days, call 911 immediately.
211 Can Help
The winter months come with extra
challenges and stress for people who may be experiencing homelessness, living
on a low-income, living alone or coping with life changes. The 211 helpline can refer people to places to stay
warm, community services and programs that can assist.
If you need help call 211. Service is available
24/7 in over 150 languages.