Wednesday - Apr 26, 2017

Asheville shelters continue CODE PURPLE activation, provide emergency cold weather services


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ASHEVILLE — In response to the severe cold weather, Asheville area shelters are offering emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay.

To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent with the wind chill factor) area shelters will designate a CODE PURPLE. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.

 

Shelters offering CODE PURPLE services include:

 

A-Hope Day Center

www.homewardboundwnc.org

19 North Ann Street, Asheville, NC 28801

828-252-8883

Open Monday through Friday 7 am-noon, and Saturday through Sunday 8 am-noon.

 

ABCCM Veteran’s Quarters

 

http://www.abccm.org/veterans-restoration-quarters

1329 Tunnel Road Asheville, NC 28805

828-259-5333

Men only seeking shelter can access the Veteran’s Quarters emergency shelter starting at 4 p.m. The shelter will accommodate additional homeless individuals in a separate classroom building.

 

Salvation Army

204 Haywood Street, Asheville NC, 28801

828-253-4723

People can come to the agency for overnight emergency shelter services starting at 8 p.m. The Salvation Army will offer overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats, and blankets.

 

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
www.westerncarolinarescue.org
225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-1529

 

The agency will post a CODE PURPLE on the top right-hand corner of their website and post a CODE PURPLE indicator on the front door of the shelter each night that CODE PURPLE is in effect. During CODE PURPLE, regular services are enhanced by extending the number of evening overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats and blankets, allowing clients to remain indoors throughout the day in our chapel, encouraging police, paramedics, and other agencies who may encounter people outside to bring people needing shelter after the normal “closed door” time of 6 p.m.

January 22 and 23, 2016: The chapel will remain open during the day for those needing accommodation during daytime hours.

 

The above organizations and others in the community will be offering other services to assist persons experiencing homelessness throughout the cold winter months.

 

The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the collaborative work of the Homeless Coalition, which is a collective of agencies, faith groups, and individuals experiencing homelessness that works on an ongoing basis to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:30. To learn more, contact co-chair Sioux Free at sioux@pisgahlegal.org.

 

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