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Warming Centers and Additional Shelter Beds Available for Inclement Weather in Santa Clara County

Low temperatures will last through Saturday, November 30

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Due to extremely cold weather and rain expected in Santa Clara County starting Tuesday, November 26, the Office of Supportive Housing is offering additional shelter beds, daytime and overnight warming centers, for the increased number of people who require respite from the cold and rain.  

The National Weather Service predicts daytime temperatures in the mid-50s and nighttime temperatures dipping to the 30s starting Tuesday night through Saturday morning, November 30. 
All residents are encouraged to use available shelters and warming centers, as well as take appropriate actions to ensure their safety and well-being during these cold and rainy days and nights. For locations of shelters, warming centers and other services that are available call 211 or download a printable PDF of warming centers and shelters: For more information on shelter locations, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing.

Food, Shelters and Warming Centers

During winter months, cold weather and regular shelters operate daily in East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Gilroy. When an Inclement Weather Episode occurs, additional shelter beds, as well as daytime and overnight warming centers, are available for the increased number of people who require respite from the cold and rain. 
  1. Daytime warming centers are located in libraries, community and senior centers throughout the County. These daytime warming centers will not be open on the Thanksgiving holiday or Friday, November 29. Those needing a warm place to stay or other support services can call 211, which is available 24 hours a day in multiple languages.
  2. Expanded shelter services are available throughout the County, including Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 29.
  3. Call 211 for information on hot meals and free food programs in Santa Clara County

Available hotlines to direct people to services:

Call 2-1-1: for health and human services in Santa Clara County, available 24 hours a day in multiple languages;
Homeless Helpline (not San Jose): Call the County Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 793-0550 during regular business hours to ask for assistance or report a homeless person in need in Santa Clara County; 
HomeFirst Homeless Helpline: Call (408) 510-7600 or e-mail the HomeFirst Helpline at
Homeless individuals can register to receive text messages about services as follows:
  • Simply address a text message to: 888777
  • Type BADWEATHER in the message
  • Send the message

About Inclement Weather Episodes

During extreme cold temperatures, the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing activates the Inclement Weather Plan, which supplements the regular, ongoing cold weather shelter program. 
The current trigger conditions are as follows:
  • There is a forecasted overnight low of 40 degrees or lower with a probability of rain of less than 50%; 
  • There is a forecasted overnight low of 45 degrees or lower with a probability of rain of 50% or greater, or 
  • There is a forecasted period of rain for 48 hours or more likely to result in flooding. 

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Media Contact: Michelle Covert, Office of Supportive Housing, (408) 878-5298; Patty Eaton, Office of Emergency Management, (408) 808-7818.

Posted: November 26, 2019.
Last updated: 11/26/2019 10:37 AM