Cold weather night declared for Dane County shelters

No one will be turned away for capacity or shelter night limits

MADISON, Wis.– Shelters will not turn anyone away tonight because of extreme weather, despite capacity and shelter night limits.

The Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County declared a cold weather night for Thursday and Friday.

The Salvation Army, located at 630 East Washington, is an emergency shelter for women and families. Grace Men’s Drop-In Shelter, located at 116 West Washington, is an emergency shelter for men.

Shelters expect higher numbers of guests on extreme weather nights.

Social Services Executive Director Melissa Sorensen said it is important to keep people off the street when the temperature is dangerously cold.

“When it’s extreme weather nights, which is 20 degrees or below, we don’t turn anybody away for shelter,” Sorensen said. “Any woman or family that is experiencing homelessness is able to stay with us.”

Shelters provide sleeping cots and mats, blankets, cold weather items and a warm meal.