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(COLUMBIA, MO) - Due to the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for cold weather below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the City of Columbia will open a temporary overnight warming center at Wabash Bus Station, 126 N. 10th St., Friday, Jan. 28, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The overnight warming center will serve as a resource for individuals unable to access local emergency services. City staff will continue working closely with emergency shelter providers to ensure access to overnight emergency shelters as the preferred option for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

The following providers are contracted by the City to provide emergency shelter services:
  • Room at the Inn, visit roomattheinncomo.org for dates and locations
  • Salvation Army Harbor House (men, women and families), 602 N. Ann St.
  • True North (for domestic violence), please call 573.875.1370
  • Turning Point (day shelter 7 a.m. - noon, M - F), 702 Wilkes Blvd.
Additional emergency shelters in Columbia include:
  • Welcome Home (for veterans), 2120 Business Loop 70 E.
  • St. Francis House (for men), 901 Range Line St. - must be vaccinated to stay overnight
  • Rainbow House (for children/youth), 1611 Towne Dr.
  • Flourish (for youth), please call 573.615.6135
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services also coordinates a network of warming and cooling centers in the community during extreme temperatures. There are several locations in Columbia available to those who need shelter from the extreme cold. Warming centers are available to the general public during the building's normal business hours. The public is allowed access to public areas, such as lobbies, restrooms, drinking fountains, etc.

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Columbia's warming centers include:
  • ARC (Activity and Recreation Center), 1701 W. Ash St.
  • Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St.
  • Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, 1005 W. Worley St.
  • Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway
  • Salvation Army, 1108 W. Ash St.
  • Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N. Ann St.
  • St. Francis House, 901 Range Line St.
Additional information on warming centers can be found at CoMo.gov/Health/Human-Services/Warming-and-Cooling-Centers.

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