ShareThis Page

Winter homeless shelter to open Wednesday in Pittsburgh

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Winter shelters for the homeless will open Wednesday, according to an Allegheny County news release.

The shelters will open nightly from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through March 15, regardless of weather, the release said. The shelters will also open from March 16 through 31 during extreme weather.

“Extreme weather” means a temperature of 25 degrees or below, a wind chill below 15 degrees, or when the chance of freezing precipitation is 50 percent or greater, the release said.

The men's shelter will again be located at the Smithfield United Church of Christ at 620 Smithfield Street, Downtown.

The location of the women's shelter is only known by the persons served and to county employees who provide the service.

The county's Department of Human Services and Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net organize the program.

Last year, the shelters assisted more than 1,000 people, with an average nightly census of 92 men and 50 women, the release said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.