Where to turn for help in Chicago’s frigid weather

Chicagoans should call “311” if they need weather-related help, including access to homeless shelters or city warming centers.streetlight-chicago-image

Garfield warming center at 10 South Kedzie Avenue is open 24/7. Six other neighborhood warming centers, listed here, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays whenever temperatures go below 32 degrees.

StreetLight Chicago, a free new mobile app for homeless youth, provides weather alerts and lists resources such as shelter and drop-in centers that serve unaccompanied youth through age 24.

The free app can be downloaded from iTunes or from Google Play

Supported by the VNA Foundation, the Young Invincibles and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless designed the StreetLight Chicago app, which launched in mid-November.

Staff at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless offer outreach and advocate for and with people who live in shelters or on the street, including a tent encampment in the Uptown neighborhood. Homeless people and those helping them can seek legal aid by phoning the Law Project at 1 (800) 940-1119.

In the suburbs, people can contact police non-emergency numbers to ask about warming centers, many of which are housed in police station lobbies and libraries.

To find a warming center statewide, visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov