Where to get warm

A list of places to seek shelter from the extreme cold


Bitter cold is in the forecast beginning Wednesday night and through Thursday, with temperatures dipping to 3 F and only rising to 15 F during Thursday, and wind chill values between minus 5 and minus 15 F.

In Hudson County, Code Blue/Winter Emergency Protocols are active from Nov. 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019. 

When temperatures drop below freezing, and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless or medically fragile, a network of agencies throughout New Jersey helps people obtain shelter, food, and clothing. During times such as these, county or municipal government will often initiate a Code Blue Alert which enables authorities to take homeless adults to shelter programs that have agreed to make additional beds available. Warming Centers are also opened during stated hours to provide residents with a place that they can go to warm up and escape the harsh weather conditions.

Hudson County Code Blue

Phone: 800-624-0287. Open: 24/7. Special instructions:

Please call the Hudson County Homeless Hotline at 1-800-624-0287 for appropriate shelter placement information during the Hudson County Winter System protocols from Nov. 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019. Someone 24/7 will know how to handle your call.

Here is a list, compiled from official sources and local media reports, of where Hudson County residents who need shelter or a place to warm up can go.


Bayonne has no official warming centers, although any public building can be accessed during the day for warmth. The city is directing unsheltered residents in need of overnight shelter to contact the police or visit the police station front desk, where an officer will call a cab for transportation to a facility contracted by Hudson County.

The city will provide transportation to the various county facilities. Anyone needing emergency assistance should report to the Bayonne Police Department Desk (2nd Floor Ave C and 27th Street, 201-858-6900). The Desk Officer will contact a local cab company to provide transportation.


A city spokesperson reported: “At this time, we are not opening up a warming center.” He did say however that “during extremely cold nights in our area, the Hudson County Dept. of Health and Human Services issues a “Cold Blue” Alert. When this alert has been issued, Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (501c3) picks up folks with no place to sleep for the night outside the PATH station. Garden State Episcopal CDC then drives them to the Hudson County Warming Center in Kearny. The Warming Center functions as our overflow shelter in the evenings during the winter months. If folks happen to miss the Garden State Episcopal CDC’s pick up, the Hoboken Police Dept. works to make other arrangements so that residents can get to the Warming Center.”


Covenant House – Jersey City
797 West Side Ave.
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Daytime warming center (for homeless youth).

Five Corners Public Library
678 Newark Ave
Jersey City
Open: Mon 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tue – Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

GSECDC Hudson CASA Drop in Center
514 Newark Ave
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

Hudson County Welfare
257 Cornelison Ave
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

Hudson County Wellness Center
124 Claremont Ave.
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

Martin’s Place
398 Martin Luther King Dr.
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

Metropolitan Family Health Network
857 Bergen Ave.
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Every other Sat 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Daytime warming center.

Sharing Place
410 Hoboken Ave
Jersey City
Open: Last two Sat of Month 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Daytime warming center. Last two Saturdays of the month from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon).

St. Lucy’s Shelter
619 Grove St.
Jersey City
Open: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Daytime warming center.


Uptown library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.
Downtown library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.
Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.

The Recreation Center is open weekdays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Both library locations are open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The uptown library is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Kennedy Branch Library is closed on Sunday.


Secaucus has two warming centers. The Secaucus Public libary at 1379 Paterson Plank Rd. This is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Secaucus Senior center at 101 Center Avenue. This is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


These centers will be open from 4 p.m. on Jan. 29 to 9 a.m. on Feb. 2.
William. V. Musto Center, 420 15th St.
Union City Welcome Center, 303 47th St.


Weehawken Senior Building- 4800 Park Avenue
Weehawken Senior Building- 2-4 Potter Place
Weehawken Senior Building – 525 Gregory Avenue.
These centers will be open until 12 a.m. (midnight).
Arrangements can be made for residents in need past midnight. If you need transportation to the warming centers, please contact Weehawken Police at (201) 863-7800.


Here are the West New York warming center locations, according to the Police Department.
– 515 54th St
– Housing Authority building at 5800 jefferson St
– Housing Authority building at 6100 adams St
– 6300 adams St
– Kennedy Towers at 430 62nd St