City of Detroit provides warming centers to assist the homeless

  • Detroit Rescue Mission ministries location in Highland Park added

With frigid temperatures already here, the City of Detroit is reminding residents that warming centers and respite locations are open to provide relief from the cold.

The City has four warming centers, in conjunction with two local nonprofit homeless service providers, open from now through March 31. The City of Detroit is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (three locations) to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless when year-round shelters may be at capacity. The Pope Francis Center also operates a day center at the TCF Center.  

Detroit utilizes a coordinated entry process to access shelters and warming centers. During Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) hours of operation, those seeking shelter or warming center placements should call to talk with a staff member to explore available shelter options. Due to COVID-19, the access points have moved from in-person to a call line.  Please contact the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) at (313) 305-0311 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Saturday. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

Veterans should call (313) 576-1580 Sunday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CAM staff will assist to explore alternatives to shelters or make shelter placement for the night. Outside of CAM hours of operation or on holidays, those seeking shelter should come in person to one of the following warming center locations: 

Cass Community Social Services
1534 Webb, Detroit 48206   
(313) 883–2277 
Facilities for: Families and Single women

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Genesis House 3
12900 W. Chicago, Detroit 48227  
(313) 331–8990 
Facilities for: Families and Single women  

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Third Street
3535 Third Ave, Detroit 48201   
(313) 993–6703 
Facilities for: Single men ONLY  

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Oasis Program (Additional Location)
13220 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
Facilities for: Single adults

The four facilities will operate daily during the cold weather months including holidays.  During extreme cold, services will be extended to include daytime hours. A fifth location operated by Pope Francis Center at the TCF Center is also operating from Monday – Saturday 7 – 11 a.m.  

Pope Francis Center
TCF Center 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226  
Facilities for: Anyone who is homeless

All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, showering and sleeping accommodations. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of support services available, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.    

For more information regarding the warming centers, call (313) 305-0311.