Emergency shelters open as arctic temps grip W. MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Monday's frigid temperatures are sparking a “Code Blue” by Mel Trotter Ministries, which is opening an emergency  shelter for people without a warm place to stay.

The overnight emergency shelter at 225 Commerce Ave. SW will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m., according  to the organization. Mel Trotter Ministries is also keeping its warming  center open until 4 p.m., waiving its curfew and accepting all men and  women, even those who have been previously banned. The nonprofit group  says there will be specific rules in place to ensure everyone is safe.

Degage Ministries is also extending its hours to help more people stay out of the  potentially dangerous cold. Its day center at 144 S. Division will be  open from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, Mel Trotter the following locations also host warming centers:

The  cold weather is amplifying an issue Mel Trotter says is already in West  Michigan: a homeless crisis caused by a shortage of shelter for  families. Those who have no place to stay are encouraged to reach out  for assistance by calling 2-1-1.

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