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​Emergency Shelter Hours Extended Through Friday

1/18/2018

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Today, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO), Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, American Red Cross and community partners discussed capacity at local shelters for tonight. 

Because of the current weather conditions and demand for shelter, Emergency Management has extended the emergency shelter operating hours at the Grady Cole Center through tomorrow. The emergency shelter will remain open today and tonight at the Grady Cole Center, located on the Central Piedmont Community College Campus (310 N. Kings Dr., Charlotte). This location is now scheduled to close at noon on Friday, Jan. 19. 

The shelter is open to everyone, including couples, families and individuals with bona fide service animals. Red Cross, County staff and volunteers will continue to operate the shelter. Cots, blankets, meals and snacks will be provided. CMPD Animal Care and Control will temporarily shelter pets and reunite them with their owners once the emergency shelter has closed.

CATS provides direct bus routes (9 and 17) from the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 E Trade St., to the Grady Cole Center. Many CATS bus routes serve one or all shelters. Those routes include 11, 13, 21, 22 and 26.

The Urban Ministry Center Outreach Team will continue to walk through the community to encourage homeless individuals to visit a shelter or provide sleeping bags and blankets if they refuse to go to a shelter.

Partner shelters are located at the following addresses:
- Salvation Army Center of Hope – 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – 1210 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
- Urban Ministry Center (Room in the Inn) – 945 North College Street, Charlotte

Most restrictions for admission to the shelters have been waived during the severe cold weather period. CMEMO will continue to monitor weather conditions and assess the need for shelter.