Warming rooms open throughout the City of Milwaukee -- here's a list of locations
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Many homeless people in Milwaukee have nowhere to escape the cold weather each day, so the city is opening warming rooms once again this year.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced the opening of both overnight and day warming rooms on Monday, Dec. 2, including the overnight one at St. Benedict De Moor -- which can hold 65 men and 20 women.
The warming room at St. Benedict De Moor will be open when the temperatures drop to 32 degrees and below for the month of December, and they hope to get the resources to continue it through the rest of the winter.
The second overnight location is now open at Ephesians Missionary Baptist Church.
City officials say on any given day, there are 850 homeless men, women and families and 150 of them sleep outside. Every year, the city -- along with numerous organizations -- make sure those people have a place to stay warm.
Milwaukee had to open a warming shelter earlier than normal last month for three consecutive days because of cold weather.
"Our message is we want people to be safe. We don't want them to be cold," Mayor Barrett said. "December is here and this is the time you are in a safe, warm place at night or if you know individuals who need a safe warm place at night this is the time for you to call 2-11. Reach out to those facilities that are now open.”
Here's a look at both day and overnight warming rooms:
If you have any questions about the locations, you are urged to call 211. For more information, CLICK HERE.