Sacramento opens warming centers as temperatures drop, bus service available

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8:36 a.m.

In response to extremely cold overnight temperatures in Sacramento County this weekend, county officials have opened two additional warming centers at the following locations:

  • Creekside Adult School:  2641 Kent Dr, Sacramento, CA 95821
  • DHA Annex:  1725 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Both locations will be open from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 19.

“Protective facial coverings will be required and provided to all visitors. Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash or contained in an animal carrier at all times. Snacks and water will be provided at both locations, as well as cots for sleeping,” according to the county.

Sacramento Regional Transit will provide buses for warming center guests at both locations to make multiple trips for pick-up starting at 6 p.m. and making runs until 11:00 pm. Pets on leash and in carriers are welcome on the buses as well.

Passenger pick-up locations will be at the following RT bus stops:

  • Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road
  • Watt Avenue at Poplar Boulevard
  • Ahern Street at North C Street
  • Natomas Park Drive (near Garden Highway)

Transportation will also be provide back to the bus stops each morning from the warming center locations.

Citizens are asked to call 211 for more information on bus routes, warming center locations, dates and times.

There are also several other warming locations available in the County:

Open Dec. 18:

  • Sacramento City Hall: 915 I Street, Sacramento (8 p.m. – 8 a.m.)
  • Hagginwood Community Center: 3217 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento (8 p.m. – 8 a.m.)

Open Dec. 18-19:

  • United Methodist Church: 8986 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove (8 p.m. – 6 a.m.)
  • Union Gospel Mission: 400 Bannon Street, Sacramento  (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.)

Original story below.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Cold nighttime temperatures in the Sacramento area has the city and others opening their doors Friday night. 

Both the city and Sacramento County are offering respite centers for those who need it. 

“Guess I’ll be warm for a change,” Cynthia said. 

For Cynthia, a change of venue for a night won’t solve all her struggles. But after living outside for a couple of years now, it’s a welcome change —if even just for the next 12 hours.

“Yeah, one less worry,” Cynthia said. 

With temperatures dropping to around freezing Friday night into Saturday, Sacramento opened two respite centers.

“So this is the City Hall lobby. This is our respite center for the night and tomorrow night,” Gregg Fishman, with the city of Sacramento, said. 

The other respite center is at the Hagginwood Community Center, at 3271 Marysville Blvd, in the Del Paso Heights area. Snacks and blankets are provided for those trying to avoid the cold. 

“We’ve got supplies to last a couple of days through the weekend if we have to,” Fishman said. 

Fishman, who is an organizer, said that for health reasons people inside will have to wear masks. He also mentioned that respite locations operated by other organizations are essential in order to house enough people. 

“Absolutely imperative that we do this together, with similar hours and same kind of time frames,” Fishman said. 

According to Fishman, they will be open again Saturday night and will then reassess for the week ahead. 

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