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Allegheny County DHS & Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net prepare Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for safety and well-being of people experiencing street homelessness
November 15, 2015 through March 15, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please see below for important criteria for shelter activation.
Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This winter, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Community Services and Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net will again operate a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) for the safety and well-being of people who are experiencing street homelessness. A men's shelter, located at the Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street, Downtown, and a women's shelter, located in Uptown, provide them with temporary overnight accommodations, professional social services, basic medical care, protection from frigid temperatures, and meals.
The shelter will operate from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., November 15, 2015 through March 15, 2016, when the temperature drops below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, or when dangerous winter weather exists or is predicted by the National Weather Service. To find our if the shelter is open on a given evening, call 412.779.1329. The pre-recorded message will be updated by noon each day. Note: This phone line is not staffed; therefore, messages should not be left at this number.
For more information about the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter, please visit our News & Publications page. To make a donation in support of the SWES, visit www.pmhs.org or contact Pittsburgh Mercy Development at 724.934.3537.