With rain falling over the Central Coast, warming centers are opening to provide people with a warm, dry place to stay during the cold, wet evenings.
In Santa Barbara County, Freedom Warming Centers will be open on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 16. They are located at the Salvation Army in Santa Maria, Peace Lutheran Church in Lompoc, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, Veterans Memorial Building in Carpinteria, and University Methodist Church in Isla Vista. For more information about the Freedom Warming Centers, call their hotline at (805) 324-2372.
In southern San Luis Obispo County, the 5Cities Homeless Coalition will also have its warming center open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. It’s located at Hillside Church on Newport Ave. in Grover Beach. Their warming center hotline number is (805) 710-4330.
In San Luis Obispo, the 40 Prado Warming Center will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. It is located at 40 Prado Rd. Client check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.
In Paso Robles, the Paso Cares warming station will be open on Tuesday night only. Those wishing to stay overnight need to arrive at Peoples’ Kitchen, located at 2345 Riverside Ave., by 5 p.m. Paso Cares says it may not open its warming station again until after January 20 because of a lack of chaperones and a change in the weather forecast. A decision to open beyond January 20 will be made by Thursday, Jan. 17.