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Warming centers, shelters open as temperatures drop

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Santa Clara County on Monday opened warming centers and overnight shelters due to inclement weather throughout the county as temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing this week.

More than 30 centers and shelters will be open through Wednesday, according to the county.

According to the National Weather Service, the Santa Clara Valley could drop to temperatures as low as the mid 30s Wednesday.

The county opens the warming centers when temperatures persistently drop below 38 degrees, or in other instances when there is rain combined with cold temperatures or persistent rainfall.

The Bill Wilson Center, with 250 beds at 693 S. Second St. in San Jose, remains open 24 hours a day during inclement weather. Capacity and hours of operation differ at other centers.

Residents can call 211 for more information. A list of available centers and shelters and their hours and locations is also available online.

Homeless residents outside of San Jose can call the county’s Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 793-0550 during regular business hours.

Homeless residents can also call the HomeFirst Homeless Helpline at (408) 510-7600 or email HomeFirst at outreach@homefirstscc.org. For text message alerts about available services, people can text “BADWEATHER” to 888777.

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