Mayor Papenfuse Urging City Residents to Prepare for Extremely Cold Weather

Mayor Papenfuse is urging Harrisburg residents to take precautions against the extremely cold weather that is expected in the region over the weekend and into next week. He is urging people to protect pets and to look after elderly neighbors who may live alone.

“City residents should prepare for a sustained period of extremely cold weather,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “People should watch out for elderly neighbors who may need assistance, and special caution should be taken to protect pets that live outdoors. We are urging everyone to seek shelter and be safe in this extreme weather.”

Sub-Freezing temperatures are expected through Monday night:

2/14 Saturday Night – Low 6
2/15 Sunday – High 10.
2/15 Sunday Night – Low -2
2/16 Monday – High 18
2/16 Monday Night – Low 10

The Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness has issued an advisory warning people who are homeless to seek shelter. Emergency Homeless Shelter Locations include:

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven – 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
(for Men)

1805 N. 12th Street, Harrisburg

Doors open at 8 PM, guests are signed in until 10:00 PM. Coffee, tea, small snack available to single men. Coffee available next morning. While here, we try to get them connected with services & housing. If needed, SHSH will make arrangements by calling Bethesda for overflow. Some volunteers still needed on various nights. Please call Christian Churches United, 230-9550 for details.

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg – 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
(for Women)
1101 Market Street, Hbg.
The YWCA offers an overnight shelter for women who are living on the street during the cold weather months beginning December 1 and ending March 31. While here, we try to get them connected with services & housing. The doors open at 8:00 pm and close at 9:30 pm. Light refreshments are available. Exit is at 7 am the following morning. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Julia Hoskins @ 234-7931 x3052 .

Bethesda Mission – 24 Hours 2/14-2/16/15
611 Reily Street, Harrisburg.

Bethesda Mission’s Men’s Shelter is operating under Hazardous Weather rules through March 2015. This means:
1. No one will be turned away regardless of how many people show up 2. Arriving early is encouraged 3. Those coming for dinner will be permitted to stay through the night and through the next day so long as hazardous weather conditions exist 4. No man should be outside tonight unless he wants to be

Special Message from Chuck Wingate, Executive Director at Bethesda:

“Our Men’s Shelter has been operating under HW rules since Dec 1, and we will remain under those rules through March. However, this weekend [2/14-2/16/15] we are prepared to go beyond the HW rules which means that the guys who come in for just the night will NOT be expected to leave in the morning. They will be welcome to stay in the house all day including for all meals.”

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