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Chance of rain, near-freezing temperatures prompt warming centers to open in Five Cities, SLO

The South County Warming Center is located next to the Arroyo Grande Library
South County warming center opens
Posted at 2:00 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 17:56:18-05

Two warming centers will open Tuesday night as near-freezing temperatures and scattered showers impact the Central Coast.

In the Five Cities, people seeking shelter from the cold can stay at the South County Warming Center between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The shelter is located at 800 W. Branch St. which is right next to the Arroyo Grande Library.

Transportation will be provided from the following locations across the Five Cities:

  • Pickup at Oceano duck pond at 5:15 p.m.
  • Pickup at Ramona Park at 5:25 p.m.
  • Pickup at Fin’s Restaurant at 5:35 p.m.
  • Pickup at St. Anthony’s at 5:45 p.m.
  • Pickup at the Outlet bus stop at 5:55 p.m.
  • Drop off at the regional center at 6:15 p.m.

Guests will be provided with a warm meal and a cot to sleep on after they undergo mandatory screening. The time window for arrival is between the hours of 5:30 and 8 p.m.
No drugs or alcohol will be allowed inside the building. County officials add that pets are also not allowed inside.

The center is automatically activated when there is a 50% or greater chance of rain coupled with temperatures at or below 38 degrees.

Anyone with questions regarding the shelter’s opening can call 805-202-3615.

In San Luis Obispo, the Warming Center at 40 Prado will open between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6. a.m. with a two-hour check-in window between 7 and 9 p.m.

Service animals are allowed inside and secure kennels will be provided for all other pets.

People staying overnight will be given a warm place to sleep, a hot meal, and a hot shower.

COVID-19 guidelines remain in place including mask-wearing, social distancing and air filtration.

The SLO City Warming Center is located at 40 Prado Road. Anyone with questions about donations or the shelter's operations can call 805-544-4004 x4.