Warming Centers to Open for Inclement Weather in Santa Clara County

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.With low temperatures expected to drop into the 30s this week during the overnight hours, the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing has announced Inclement Weather Episode #1 starting the evening of Monday, October 28 until the morning of Wednesday, October 30. The cold weather is particularly concerning with the potential for some residents to lose power this week during the Public Safety Power Shut Off.

During this time, all county residents are encouraged to use available shelters and warming centers, as well as take appropriate actions to ensure their safety and well-being during these cold nights.

For locations of shelters and warming centers, call 211 or download a printable PDF of warming centers and shelters: http://bit.ly/WarmCenters1-2-2019. For more information on shelter locations, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing.

For Homeless Persons

During winter months, cold weather and regular shelters operate daily in East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Gilroy. When an Inclement Weather Episode occurs, additional shelter beds, as well as daytime and overnight warming centers, are available for the increased number of people who require respite from the cold and rain.

  1. Daytime warming centers are located in libraries, community and senior centers throughout the county.
  2. Expanded shelter services are available throughout the County.

Available hotlines to direct people to services:

Call 2-1-1:for health and human services in Santa Clara County, available 24 hours a day;

Homeless Helpline (not San Jose):Call the County Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 793-0550 during regular business hours to ask for assistance or report a homeless person in need in Santa Clara County;

HomeFirst Homeless Helpline:Call (408) 510-7600 or e-mail the HomeFirst Helpline at [email protected].

Homeless individuals can register to receive text messages about services as follows:

  • Simply address a text message to: 888777
  • Type BADWEATHER in the message
  • Send the message


During extreme cold temperatures, the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing activates the Inclement Weather Plan, which supplements the regular, ongoing cold weather shelter program.

TRIGGER CONDITIONS: The current trigger conditions are forecasted overnight temperatures in the mid- to upper-30s for Santa Clara County.


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With more than 70 agencies/departments and nearly 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services, such as public health and environmental protection; behavioral health and medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Hospital and Clinics), O’Connor Hospital and Saint Louise Regional Hospital; child and adult protection services; homelessness prevention and solutions; roads, parks and libraries; emergency response to disasters; protection of minority communities and those under threat; access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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Media Contact: Michelle Covert, Office of Supportive Housing, (408)878-5298; Laurel Anderson​/Quan Vu, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119

Posted: October 28, 2019 ​



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