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Here's where you can find a warming center in Memphis during the cold snap

The City of Memphis has opened two warming centers: The Hub and Hickory Hill Community Center for those in need.
Credit: Downtown Neighborhood Association

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Those in need of a warm place to stay can make their way to the Hospitality Hub and the Dave Wells Community Center.

The City of Memphis added a location in Hickory Hill after single-digit temperatures hit the Mid-South Friday morning. But people at that center had to be moved after the power went out. City officials said the warming center has been moved to the Dave Wells Community Center at 915 Chelsea Ave. If anyone is seeking shelter, they should go to Dave Wells Community Center.

In an effort to keep downtown Memphis warm, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) originally opened the doors at Hospitality Hub at 590 Washington Avenue until further notice, but the Hub has reportedly reached capacity.

People needing a ride to the warming center via MATA may contact Hospitality Hub at 901-297-1680 to schedule pickup.

From the City of Memphis: "Emergency Warming Centers provide temporary shelter for those who are impacted by cold weather. The warming center is not intended to replace the services provided by a shelter. Openings are available at local shelters for anyone who is in need of a full-service shelter. Those seeking shelter accommodations are encouraged to seek assistance from our partners at the Union Mission (Men’s Shelter), 901-526-8403 , or The Salvation Army (Women or women and children). Other shelter services may be found by calling the 24-hour MIFA hotline at 901-529-4545."

The Room in the Inn shelter program is also offering help for those in need. But they posted that incorrect information is circulating on social media. They said churches hosting with the program do not have walk-up availability, and many of the addresses listed are incorrect for where those congregations are hosting. 

Here's what people need to know: All Room in the Inn guests must check in at First United Methodist Church at 204 N. Second Street from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. They operate 7 days a week regardless of weather. After 5 p.m., guests are transported to other locations where volunteers host them for the night. Any evening they have reached capacity they will let guests know and provide transportation and access to the other available options.

The Hospitality Hub offers many services aimed at helping people in the city of Memphis exit homelessness. From case management services from counselors who are professionally trained to help people "overcome barriers," to offering temporary emergency shelters called "Hub Studios," The Hospitality Hub was founded in 2007 and can be contacted at 901-730-1736. 

They can also be reached at info@hospitalityhub.org.

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