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New Jersey Code Blue

See a listing of current Code Blue Activations

When temperatures drop below freezing, and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless, a network of agencies throughout New Jersey help people obtain shelter. During times such as these, County Offices of Emergency Management together with municipal government will often initiate and communicate a Code Blue Alert which enables authorities to make shelter arrangements for homeless adults. The shelter arrangements may include the opening of Warming Centers for this specific need. The Code Blue activations, deactivations and Warming Center listings that you find on this page are based on what NJ 2-1-1 receives from the individual counties. 

Code Blue Activations/Deactivations

Once a county or municipality declares a Code Blue, the information is shared through local media and social media outlets. It is also shared with NJ 2-1-1 and posted to this page. The activation dates are listed and once the Code Blue is deactivated, it is removed from this page. 

Warming Centers

Many public libraries, shopping centers and senior activity centers serve as Warming Centers during business hours. Additional after-hours and overnight Warming Centers will be listed below for the public to view and the NJ 2-1-1 community resource specialists to reference for those calling 2-1-1. The hours and location of Warming Centers are often communicated through local media, social media, and on municipal and county websites too. 

Statewide Homeless Hotline

New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness can dial 211 for help.  (download flyer)

As the State's Homeless Hotline, we work in partnership with county agencies throughout New Jersey in an effort to ensure that those experiencing homelessness have a safe place to stay at night. We assess each caller to determine the appropriate resources to address their immediate need, as well as the underlying issues related to homelessness. 

Those in need can call us at any time of the day or night, any day of the year.  Services are accessible in different languages for non-English speakers.

If you live in NJ and you are experiencing homelessness, dial 211 or 877-652-1148 (If you are using a rotary dial phone, please dial 1-877-746-5211.) 

Current Code Blue Activations

Please be aware that Code Blue notifications and resources opened in response to severe cold or storm events change as quickly as the weather. Our listing reflects information most recently received by the counties. You can also refer to your county’s Office of Emergency Management web page.

*Code Blue Declarations below refer to the night of the listed date, unless otherwise stated.

Atlantic County - October 30, 2020 at 8:00pm-8:00am

Burlington County - October 30, 2020 at 7:00pm-9:00am

Hunterdon County - October 30, 2020 overnight

Mercer County - October 30, 2020 overnight, October 31 until 10:00 pm

Middlesex County - October 30, 2020 evening and overnight

Morris County - October 30, 2020 evening and overnight

Ocean County - October 30, 2020 at 8:00pm-8:00am

Somerset County - October 30, October 31, November 1, November 2, 2020 9:00pm-9:00am

Sussex County - October 30 at midnight through November 2, 2020 at 8:00am

Union County - October 30, 2020

Current Centers List

Atlantic
Burlington
Hunterdon
Mercer

Mercer County Homeless Hotline

Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 877-746-5211
Open:

24/7

Individuals residing in Mercer County should contact the Homeless Hotline during winter weather advisories for more information on warming centers and open shelter locations.

Middlesex
Morris
Ocean
Somerset
Sussex

Sussex County Code Blue

Phone: 973-383-3600 (weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm) Dial 2-1-1 or 877-746-5211 (after-hours)
Open:

24/7

Union

Union County Code Blue

Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 877-746-5211
Open:

After hours (3:30pm) and when county offices are closed

Union County Department of Social Services - Elizabeth Office

Location

342 Westminster Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ
Phone: 908-249-4815
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 3:30pm (except for Holidays)

The individuals/families sheltered during a Code Blue must be screened and referred by the Union County Division of Social Services (UCDSS). After hours (after 3:30pm) and when County offices are closed, all individuals should be directed to dial 211 or 877-746-5211 for assistance.

Union County Department of Social Services - Plainfield Office

Location

200 West 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ
Phone: 908-249-4815
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The individuals/families sheltered during a Code Blue must be screened and referred by the Union County Division of Social Services (UCDSS). After hours (after 3:30pm) and when County offices are closed, all individuals should be directed to dial 211 or 877-746-5211 for assistance.