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Houston-area warming centers: These buildings are opening to public during hard freeze

Warming centers and shelters are opening across Houston on Thursday and also in nearby communities such as Baytown, Galveston, Montgomery and Rosenberg.

George R. Brown Convention Center
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The George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, is among the Houston-area sites opening as a warming centers on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.

As temperatures plummet well below freezing Thursday, several places in the Houston region are opening their doors to the public so they can get out of the cold.

At least seven community centers and churches in Houston are opening as warming centers, where shelter, water, food and in some cases beds will be available. There also are some warming centers in nearby municipalities such as Rosenberg in Fort Bend County and Galveston along the Gulf Coast.

The following is a list of some of the warming centers, with their addresses and dates and hours of operation as well as the resources and services that will be available.

Houston-Harris County

The city and county are partnering to open five warming centers from 3 p.m. Thursday through noon Saturday. Each site will offer chairs, blankets, water, personal protective equipment and meals ready-to-eat (MREs), although no hot meals or cots will be provided and the warming centers are not serving as overnight shelters. Pets are welcome, and those who need transportation can call 311.

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center: 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
  • Fonde Community Center: 110 Sabine St.
  • George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B: 1001 Avenida de las Americas
  • Houston Recovery Center: 150 N. Chenevert St., Suite 100 (site designated for law enforcement)
  • Moody Community Center: 3725 Fulton St.

Here is information about other warming centers and shelters that will be open throughout Houston and Harris County:

Lakewood Church, which operates in the converted basketball and hockey arena at 3700 Southwest Fwy., also is serving as a warming center beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Green House International Church, 200 W. Greens Rd., opened as a warming center and shelter on Wednesday night and will serve in that capacity at least through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, with showers and 500 cots also available. Call 281-209-9339 for more information.

The Beacon homeless shelter at 1212 Prairie St., after closing at 2 p.m. Thursday, will reopen from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. The shelter will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the Christmas holiday.

Covenant House Texas, a shelter for young adults at 3412 Beulah St., will have its drop-in center open to anyone aged 18-24 who needs shelter.

Bay Area Homeless Services, 3406 Wisconsin St. in Baytown, will accept people wanting to escape the cold on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 281-837-1654 for more information.

Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St. in Baytown, will open as a warming center from 7 p.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Saturday. Water, snacks and personal hygiene products will be provided, Christmas movie showings are planned and there will be a designated area for pets.

Fort Bend County

Residents in the southwest part of the Houston region can seek shelter at Attack Poverty Friends of Rosenberg, 1908 Avenue E. in Rosenberg. It will be open from 5 p.m. Thursday through 8:30 a.m. Friday, with a maximum capacity of 40 people.

The Arcola Civic Center, 13222 State Hwy. 6 in Arcola, is prepared to stay open 24 hours as needed by impacted residents, according to the office of Fort Bend County Judge KP George.

Galveston County

McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th St. in Galveston, will be open as a warming center from 6 p.m. Thursday through noon Saturday.

The Salvation Army at 601 51st St. in Galveston is serving as a warming center and overnight shelter from Thursday through the end of the freezing weather event.

Montgomery County

Montgomery City Hall, 101 Old Plantersville Rd. in Montgomery, will serve as a warming center from 10 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday.