Warming rooms, centers open for 850+ ‘homeless men, women, and families in the Milwaukee area’

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee officials announced on Monday morning, Dec. 2 the opening of warming rooms and centers.

"On any given day, there are more than 850 homeless men, women, and families in the Milwaukee area," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

City leaders announced St. Benedict the Moor on State Street in Milwaukee would be open many more nights than in years past.

St. Benedict the Moor

St. Benedict the Moor

"I'm already planning that we're going to be open every single night in December," said Kenneth Howard, assistant director at St. Ben's.

In 2018, the shelter was open when temperatures dipped below 20 degrees. In 2019, city leaders asked to increase that -- with the shelter opening whenever temperatures dip below freezing. That meant more staff was hired at St. Ben's -- with a plan to go back to the 20-degree rule in January 2020.

"Our staff is so committed to this that they wanted to do it, but at the same time, as the manager, I got to protect them because it will completely burn out these guys," said Howard.

St. Benedict the Moor

St. Benedict the Moor

The warming rooms and centers available for those in need include the following:

DAYTIME WARMING ROOMS

  • MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary - Hephatha Lutheran Church
    • 1720 W. Locust Street, Milwaukee
    • Open every Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Entrance by 18th and Locust, walk-ins welcome
  • Repairers of the Breach
    • 1335 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee
    • Open daily from Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Walk-ins welcome
  • Salvation Army (3 locations)
    • 1645 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee
      • Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • 4129 W. Villard Avenue, Milwaukee
      • Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • 2900 W. Coldspring Road, Greenfield
      • Open Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
      • Call 211 for entry or walk-in
  • Milwaukee Public Library locations
    • The library allows individuals to come to the facility during regular business hours as a means to stay warm during the winter months and cool during the summer months. Hours vary by location and day. Call 414-286-3000.
    • Milwaukee Public Library website
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
    • 830 N. 19th Street, Milwaukee
    • Open daily on days when the temperature falls to 32° or below.
    • Walk-ins welcome, entrance by 18th and Wells

OVERNIGHT WARMING ROOMS

  • Divine Intervention (Ministry to the Homeless) - Tippecanoe Church
    • 125 W. Saveland Avenue, Milwaukee
    • Open Dec. 1 - March 1, 6 p.m. - 8 a.m.
    • No temperature threshold
    • Call 211 for entry
  • St. Benedict the Moor
    • 924 W. State Street, Milwaukee
    • Open daily from 8 p.m.-8 a.m. when temperature is 32° or below (in December only)
    • Walk-ins allowed any time during open hours
  • Ephesians Missionary Baptist Church
    • 2412 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee
    • Open daily 7 p.m.-7 a.m. when temperature is 32° or below
    • Call 211 for entry or walk-in 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for entry
  • Repairers of the Breach
    • 1335 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee
    • Serves single adults age 18 and older
    • Open from Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. as day shelter
    • Reopens for overnight shelter at 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday when temperature is 20° or below (must arrive no later than 10 p.m.)
    • Walk-ins welcome
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
    • 1216 N. 13th Street, Milwaukee
    • Serves single men age 18 and older, additional capacity added in wintertime
    • Open 24/7, no temperature threshold
    • Call 211 for entry
  • Greater New Birth Church
    • 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee
    • Serves families and single adults age 18 and older
    • Sunday-Saturday, 7 p.m.-7 a.m. when temperature is 15° or below
    • Call 211 for entry, walk-ins no later than 10 p.m.
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