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A List of Warming Shelters in North Jersey

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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When a policy called Code Blue is activated by homeless shelters, it means that those shelters have added additional beds for the homeless during the winter months when temperatures drop. Frigid winter days are here and those experiencing homelessness are in dire need of warm shelter. Read on for a list of homeless shelters that have initiated Code Blue and are acting as warming shelters in North Jersey.

Disclaimer: The Code Blue status can change quickly depending on the weather so please contact the shelter directly for confirmation.

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Essex County

Division of Family Assistance and Benefits | 320 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Newark

Phone: 973-733-3000

Mon – Fri 7:30AM – 4:00PM; closed on Holidays

NJ 2-1-1

Phone: 211 or 877-652-1148

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Center | 346 16th Avenue, Irvington

Phone: 973-951-1741

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The H.E.L.P. Center | 224 Sussex Avenue, Newark

Phone: 973-705-7200; 201-852-4370; 973-200-6334; 973-483-2882

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Urban Renewal Corp | 689 S 16th Street, Newark

Phone: 973-200-6334

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

YMCA of Newark and Vicinity | 600 Broad Street, Newark

Phone: 973-624-8900 (call to confirm space); 973-624-6816

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Bergen County

Bergen County Board of Social Services | 218 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park

Phone: (201) 368-4200

Mon – Fri 8:00AM – 4:30PM

NJ 2-1-1

Phone: 2-1-1 or 877-652-114

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Next Steps Initiative | 120 S River Street. Hackensack, NJ

Phone: 201-336-6480

Intake Hours: 9:30-4PM; after 4PM call 211 for access

Middlesex County

NJ 2-1-1

Phone: 2-1-1 or 877-652-1148

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Middlesex County Board of Social Services | 181 How Lane, New Brunswick

Phone: 732-745-3500

Mon – Fri 8:30AM – 4:15PM; Closed on holidays

Unity Square Community Center | 81 Remsen Avenue, New Brunswick

7:00PM – 7:00AM (Doors close 9:00PM)

Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center | 1 Olive St, Perth Amboy

Phone: 732-442-4400 (Police Dept)

8:00PM – 7:00AM

Plainsboro Township Police Headquarters/Municipal Complex | 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro Township

Phone: 609-799-2333 (non-emergency)

7:00PM – 7:00AM

Hudson County

Hudson County Warming Center | 422 MLK Dr, Jersey City


Hoboken Terminal | Observer Highway and Park Ave, Hoboken


NJ 2-1-1

Phone: 2-1-1 or 877-746-5211

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Daytime Warming Center: St Lucy’s Shelter | 619 Grove Street, Jersey City

Mon – Fri 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Hudson County Department of Family Services Welfare Division | 257 Cornelison Ave, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 420-3000 ext. 2053

Mon – Fri 8:30AM – 4:15PM; closed on holidays

Daytime Warming Center: PERC Shelter | 111 37th St, Union City

Mon – Sun 7:00AM – 3:00PM

For more information on Code Blue and New Jersey-based warming centers, see here.

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