Michigan winters often bring sub-zero temperatures, making for dangerous conditions for Michiganders without heat. These warming centers across the state can help. Photos via Getty Images
Michigan winters often bring sub-zero temperatures, making for dangerous conditions for Michiganders without heat. These warming centers across the state can help.

With winter temperatures regularly dropping below freezing—and often below zero—these centers can help Michiganders without access to heat stay warm.

MICHIGAN—Temperatures are dropping, but Michiganders know this is only the beginning of what will be, in many ways, a rough winter. For the homeless community, the frigid cold and pandemic are both very hard to escape. 

“Extreme temperatures affect vulnerable individuals more than the general public,” states the capital city’s website. “The elderly, those with chronic health conditions, and people with disabilities may not be able to physically bear extreme cold or heat without ill effects.”

Across Michigan, thousands of people and families face housing issues every day and are forced to bear these cold conditions. That number has been decreasing since 2014, but it is still unclear what long-term effects the pandemic has had on families entering homelessness. What is known is that the vulnerable populations, like the unhoused community, are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. 

If Congress fails to pass the CARES Act, and if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not renew the eviction ban, many Michiganders may be one or two paychecks away from a housing crisis themselves. As the year is ending and winter begins, it’s unclear what the next few months will hold. 

Already, the winter season is an especially difficult time for this community. Frostbite becomes a threat below 31 degrees Fahrenheit, and as temperatures near zero degrees, exposed skin can get frostbite in as little as 30 minutes. 

Warming centers provide a safe place for people to escape the cold, but like everything, they have been forced to adapt to fit the pandemic world. Some facilities have even temporarily closed. 

“The office is closed due to the order from MDHHS,” Denise Paquette, director of Outreach and Engagement at Allen Neighborhood Center, said. “But we’ll be there for our neighbors as needed, just as soon as we can open.”

While many have closed amidst COVID-19 regulations, the following centers remain open to safely provide an escape from the cold.

Here are 22 places Michiganders can find warmth and shelter during this winter: 

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Beacon of Hope Family Care Center

Provides a warming center for residents of the community to stay safe during cold emergencies. Pets are allowed, if on a leash or crated.

512 South Whittemore Street Saint Johns, MI 48879 | (989) 224-0328

The Centre

Opens locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and offers Wi-Fi access in the case of weather emergencies.

1800 US-223 Highway Adrian, MI 49221  | (517) 263-6232

East Lansing Public Library

Provides the community with a place to keep warm during cold weather.

950 Abbott Road East Lansing, MI 48823  | (517) 351-2420

Holy Cross Services

Offer daytime and evening access to their heated facilities to men, women, and children. 

430 North Larch Street Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 484-4414

Jackson City Recreation Department

Provides relief for the community during cold weather emergencies or mass power outage.

161 West Michigan Avenue City Hall Building Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 788-4040

Jackson Housing Commission

Offers a safe place for people to go during weather emergencies.

301 Steward Avenue Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 787-9241

Lansing Mall

Provides a location for community members during winter cold.

5330 West Saginaw Highway Lansing, MI 48917 | (517) 321-0145

Lenawee Intermediate School District

Hosts a cooling/warming center for residents of the community to stay cool or warm during weather-related emergencies.

4107 North Adrian Highway Adrian, MI 49221 | (517) 265-1709

McLaren – Greater Lansing

Provides warming centers during cold weather.

401 West Greenlawn Avenue Lansing, MI 48910 | (517) 975-6600

Orthopedic Hospital

Serves as a place for people in the community to go to escape extreme weather in the event of a heat or cold advisory.

2727 South Pennsylvania Lansing, MI 48910 | (517) 975-6000

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Meridian Mall

Provides residents with use of mall facilities to escape dangerous weather conditions.

1982 Grand River Avenue Okemos, MI 48864 | (517) 349-2031

Michigan Itinerant Shelter System

In addition to a day warming center, it provides food, clothing, camping supplies, and group meetings for the homeless community.

3501 Stone School Road Ann Arbor, MI 48108 | (734) 249-4198

Napoleon Township

Operates a warming center for community members.

6755 West Brooklyn Road Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 536-8694

Northpointe Community Church

Acts as a warming/cooling center for residents of the community to stay safe during extreme heat or cold emergencies.

505 East Webb Drive Dewitt, MI 48820 | (517) 669-5133

Onondaga Township

Provides a warming center for residents of the community to stay safe during extreme weather.

4756 Baldwin Street Onondaga, MI 49264 | (517) 628-2654

OVID Center

Provides a safe place for people to go in the case of weather-related emergencies.

114 East Front Street Ovid, MI 48866  | (989) 834-5550

Room at the Inn

Provides a daytime warming center for community members. Also provides community breakfast and lunch, shower facilities, and social workers to assist with housing, employment, and health care. 

447 West Washington Street Marquette, MI 49855  | (906) 225-1521

Saint John’s United Church of Christ

Provides daytime heated facilities during extreme cold. Serves people who are homeless or otherwise at risk for exposure. 

801 South Mechanic Street Jackson, MI 49203 | (517) 784-7580

Salvation Army (Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Divisional Headquarters)

Serves as a daytime warming facility and provides access to shower and laundry facilities available.

3001 Fifth Avenue South Escanaba, MI 49829 | (906) 786-0590

Salvation Army (Jackson)

Provides emergency warming centers in dangerous weather conditions.

806 East Pearl Street Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 782-7185

Team Wellness Center

Provides daytime warming facility, television, playhouse for kids, and snack bar with water. 

2925 Russell Street Detroit, MI 48207 | (313) 258-3842

Team Wellness Center (East)

Provides daytime warming facility, television, playhouse for kids, and snack bar with water. 

6309 Mack Avenue Detroit, MI 48207  | (313) 331-3435

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