Code Blue Alert - NJ Warming Centers

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 877-746-5211 (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.

Bergen County - Friday, February 14 until further notice

Cumberland County - Wednesday, February 19 (6:00pm-6:00am); Thursday, February 20 (6:00pm-6:00am); Friday, February 21 (6:00pm-6:00am)

Hunterdon County - Monday, February 17

Middlesex County - Monday, February 17

Morris County - Monday, February 17 

Passaic County - Thursday, February 13 until further notice

Somerset County - February 13 through 9:00am Tuesday, February 18

Sussex County - Friday, February 7 through the morning of Monday, February 24 at 6:00am

Union County - Thursday, February 13 through the morning of Tuesday, February 18

Current Centers List

Bergen

Bergen County Code Blue

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

24/7

Special instructions:

Individuals in need of assistance should call or visit the Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center at 201.336.6475. They can also call their local police department non-emergency phone number. 

Cumberland

Trinity United Methodist Church

Location

100 South 2nd Street
Millville, NJ
Phone: 888-410-3973
Open:

6:00pm - 6:00am during an active code blue

Special instructions:

For those in need of transportation, the Cumberland County sheriff’s bus will be at the corner of Landis and N.E. Blvd. at 5:30pm.

Hunterdon
Middlesex

Princeton Windrows

Location

2000 Windrow Drive
Princeton, NJ
Phone: 609-514-0001
Open:

8:00am - 9:00pm daily during a code blue activation.

Morris
Passaic

Passaic County Code Blue

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

24/7

Special instructions:

Dial 2-1-1 to access a warming center.  You may call the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (973) 389-5951 to request an officer check the welfare of an individual you think may be in need of assistance. 

 

 

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.