Cold Weather Operations and Shelter Process

Learn about the Homeless Services Cold Weather Operations and Shelter Process, and find outreach organizations


The City’s Cold Weather Operations and Shelter process includes continuous shelter availability beginning December 1 through February 29 with an activation threshold for the months of October to November and March when nightly temperatures fall below 32°F.

Cold Weather Outreach Activation

November to March

Cold weather outreach goes into effect for the City of St. Louis when nightly temperatures fall below 32°F.

December 1- February 28

The City transitions to continuous shelter availability, regardless of the forecasted temperature outside. The City has contracted with providers to offer additional winter overflow beds.

Shelter Access

To access an emergency shelter, please contact the following:

  • Call United Way 211
  • Meet at the warming buses located at the intersection of 13th and Chestnut between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm when temperatures have dropped to 32 degrees and under.
  • If an emergency Call 911

Outreach Team

Forecasts of freezing temperatures for the St. Louis metropolitan area is a main concern for the City of St. Louis.

Through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, volunteer groups and various departments within the City, cold weather operations efforts include increased outreach activities and additional shelter bed availability to accommodate unsheltered homeless men, women, and children.  Organizations who participate in outreach:


Winter Outreach Alerts

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