NJ Warming Centers

Code Blue notifications and resources opened in response to severe cold or storm events change as quickly as the weather. This listing reflects information most recently received but you should always call ahead to confirm that the locations noted are still available. If no records are listed below, there are currently no active Code Blue Declarations in effect.

How Code Blue Works

When temperatures drop below freezing, and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless or medically fragile, a network of agencies throughout New Jersey helps people obtain shelter, food and clothing. During times such as these, county or municipal government will often initiate a Code Blue Alert which enables authorities to take homeless adults to shelter programs that have agreed to make additional beds available. Warming Centers are also opened during stated hours to provide residents with a place that they can go to warm up.

County Offices of Emergency Management together with county government will communicate Code Blue Alerts and the opening of Warming Centers through local media and social media outlets. Often this information is also posted on municipal and county websites. Additionally, many counties have started sharing this information with NJ 2-1-1. As we hear of locations that are available when a Code Blue Alert is activated, the information will be made available here. 

Homeless Hotlines

A Homeless Hotline for each county is also provided as a resource for assistance for those who are homeless. To find additional resources (beyond what is noted below) in your area, search our resource database (in the search bar at the top of this page) using the search term: emergency shelter. To get further details on a county’s homeless hotline and shelter, search using the term: emergency shelter clearinghouses

Burlington County

CONTACT of Burlington County

Central Intake Line

Burlington County, NJ

Tel: (856) 234-8888

Open: 7:00pm March 22 through 10:00am March 23, 2017.

Code Blue is in effect from 7:00 PM March 22 through 10:00 AM March 23, 2017. Code Blue covers the evening hours, providing a night of shelter. CONTACT of Burlington County serves as a central intake line. People calling in need of shelter will be directed to a location within the county. Call CONTACT at 856-234-8888 for shelter sites. Individuals will be assessed and recommended to the appropriate shelter sites.


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Morris County

Morris County Homeless Hotline

Tel: 211 or (877) 746-5211

Open: 24/7

A Code Blue has been called for March 22, 2017.


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Page last modified/reviewed on March 15, 2017

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