Cold weather shelters reopen for fourth season Thursday

November 20, 2018

Westmoreland County cold weather shelters will open Thursday, offering emergency lodging to residents who are homeless or without heat on cold winter nights. They will remain in operation through March 31.

Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg and Union Mission in Latrobe will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on nights when the temperature is 25 degrees or colder. This week’s weather is still expected to be mild, with lows ranging between 37 and 56.

Now in its fourth season, the program provided 125 nights of lodging to 30 individuals and families in the 2017-18 winter season. The shelters also provide guests with free food and service referrals, depending on their circumstances.

Coordination and funding for the program comes from the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

To check if the shelters will open on a given night, call 211, the Westmoreland County Crisis Line at 800-836-6010, the Welcome Home Shelter at 724-838-9133 or the Union Mission at 724-539-3550.

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