Where to go to get warm: Locations around Harris County offering shelter

The Greater Houston area continued to see near-freezing temperatures and power outages Feb. 17. (Courtesy Houston METRO)
The Greater Houston area continued to see near-freezing temperatures and power outages Feb. 17. (Courtesy Houston METRO)

The Greater Houston area continued to see near-freezing temperatures and power outages Feb. 17. (Courtesy Houston METRO)

Updated 10:13 a.m. Feb. 19

The YMCA of Greater Houston said in a news release Feb. 19 is the last day for its warming stations to be open during Houston's freezing weather that week. Locations in Harris County open on Feb. 19 are:

Houston Texans YMCA, 5205 Griggs Road, Houston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St., Houston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lake Houston Family YMCA, 2420 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek, 19915 Hwy. 249, Houston. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

In addition, CenterPoint will deliver 100 cases of water to the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA and Houston Texans YMCA on Feb. 19.

1:35 p.m. Feb. 17

As near- and subfreezing temperatures continue through the end of the week amid widespread power outages, numerous warming stations have opened at community centers, churches and other locations in Harris County and throughout Texas.

The Texas Department of Emergency Management released a map of warming centers and said on its website additional information and resources are available to residents calling 2-1-1. Locally, information in Harris County is available by calling 3-1-1 for individuals seeking information on the nearest available shelter.

Due to continuing power and water outages, not all of the listed locations were necessarily still operational, however. As of the afternoon of Feb. 17, the Houston Texas YMCA posted on Facebook it was closed through Feb. 18, and the George R. Brown Convention Center was reportedly at capacity, according to a Twitter post by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Feb. 16.

As of Feb. 17, here are locations in Harris County listed on the map provided by TDEM.

Additional resources may be available aside from those announced by TDEM.

Several locations have posted on social media that they are looking for additional support to keep the centers up and running.

Copperfield Church on Hwy. 6 has an online signup sheet for volunteers, according to a Feb. 17 Facebook post. A call to the church could not immediately be completed when attempted at 2 p.m. to verify the information.

Gallery Furniture also posted on social media that it is open and able to provide a warm place with food for those in need.

As of mid-day Feb. 17, Lakewood Church posted midday that it had sheltered 400 people the night before and was still open, though water pressure was low.

Residents seeking shelter or a warming station are advised to confirm that locations are open before heading to them, as the TDEM map includes some locations that have not confirmed their availability since Feb. 15.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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