City Activates Warming Center in Advance of Winter Weather

Temporary site will keep the unhoused warm and safe during the day

Dec. 13, 2022

The winter months bring peril for those living on the street and it can be dangerous to be outside for prolonged periods of time when temperatures are low or wind/moisture is high. The City of Albuquerque has been preparing for these inevitable weather conditions where life and limb are at risk. Conditions now necessitate the temporary activation of a day-time warming center. The warming center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and staffed by volunteers and City staff with de-escalation and Narcan training. The center will also provide hot soup and other snacks to guests.

When the warming center closes in the evening, guests will be offered transportation to the Westside Emergency Housing Center to stay safely overnight.

Albuquerque Community Safety is able to transport anyone on the street and in need to the warming center. Call 311 or 911 lines for dispatch.

Mesa Verde Community Center will operate as a warming center on Monday December 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday December 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Pursuant to weather conditions, the City will evaluate the need to keep the warming center open on Wednesday.

Mesa Verde Community Center is closed for regular programs on Monday and Tuesday. Youth who attend the Mesa Verde after school program will be transported to Cesar Chavez Community Center.