warming shelters in northwest indiana

Warming Shelters

With high temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees predicted Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s high temperature in the single digits, frostbite and hypothermia can occur during below-zero temperatures and individuals are recommended to limit time outdoors. In addition, Power outages are quite common with these frigid temperatures.

Anyone in need of shelter is asked to call 211 or 911. The Police Department’s dispatch center will then direct residents where to go. People will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Most  facilities are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those needing to shelter in a warmed facility. However, if a power outage happens in the community, some shelters will remain open overnight, but you will need to confirm.

Indiana 211 is tracking warming centers as counties across the state prepare for the cold weather. Citizens looking for warming centers can call 211 or visit the website. Citizens and local officials are asked to notify Indiana 211 of warming centers available in their area


Burns Harbor: 219-787-8591
Town Hall, 1240 N Boo Rd
Fire Station, 308 Navajo Trail

Crown Point:
First United Methodist Church,
352 S. Main St., will operate as a warming shelter as needed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 219-663-1515.

Any Dyer resident needing a warming shelter please respond to or contact Dyer PD non-emergency 219-660-0000.

East Chicago:
Martin Luther King Center, 4802 Melville Avenue, 7:00 pm till 7:00 am during cold weather.
Heritage Hall Recreation Center, 4506 Tod Avenue, 219-391-8380
Salvation Army, 513 West Chicago Avenue, 219-398-2939

Whenever temperatures drop below 32 degrees, the warming centers will be activated, including:
Ambridge Mann Pavilion at 2922 W. Fourth Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Brother’s Keeper, 2120 Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 219-882-4459.
Brunswick Community Center, 775 Clark Rd, 219-944-1595
Calumet Township Center at 1900 W. 41st Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 880-4902.
Gary Metro Center, 200 W. 4th Ave., Open 24 hours
Glen Ryan Pavilion at 4220 E. Sixth St., operations open as needed.
Hudson Campbell Sports & Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St, 219-886-2814
Oak Street Health, 4900 Broadway Ave., 8am – 5pm, 237-5170.
Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway, 8am – 4pm (M-F)
Roosevelt Pavilion at 2201 Harrison St., operations open as needed.

Griffith YMCA, 1345 N Broad St, 219-750-1082

Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., 219-853-6378.
Circle of Services Community Center, 2835 165th Street, 219-803-0659.
North Township Government Offices, 5947 Hohman Avenue, 219- 932-2530.
Hammond Central Fire Station, 6110 Calumet Ave, 219-853-6416.
Hammond Public Library, 564 State St, 219-931-5100.
Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr.,
Lost Marsh Golf Course Clubhouse, 901 E. 129th Street, 219-932-4653.
Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave.,219-853-6378
If a power outage were to occur, these shelters would remain open during the overnight hours.

Those who need a more permanent or overnight facility are asked to contact the Highland Fire Department at 219-923-9876 for arrangements.
Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St., 219-838-0114, 5am – 10pm.


Community Room at the PCC Building, 705 E 4th St
Hobart Fire Station #1, 400 East 10th Street, 219-942-5184
Hobart Fire Station #2, 2411 W Old Ridge Rd
Hobart Fire Station #4, 7710 South Colorado Street, 219-942-5184
Hobart Police Department, 705 East 4th St, 219-942-1229
Hobart Police Substation, 2109 Southlake Mall, 219-769-6473
Hobart Public Library, 100 Main Street, 219-942-2243

Maria Reiner Center (Senior Citizens only), 705 East 4TH Street, 219-947-1864.

Lake Station:
Lake Station Fire Station, 1876 Fairview Ave., 219-962-8295.Lowell:
Community Center, 181 N. Fremont St.,Merrillville:

Impact Church, 7071 Broadway, 219-302-1153
Fire Station #71, 18 West 73rd Avenue, 219-769-8739
Fire Station #72, 7950 Taft Street, 219-769-8739
Fire Station #74, 850 West 57th Avenue, 219-769-8739

Town Hall, 7820 Broadway 2, 219-769-5711

Those who need a more permanent facility are asked to contact the Highland Fire Department at (219)923-9876 for arrangements.

Saint John
Fire Station, 398 West 700 North, 219-759-3919


Burns Harbor:  
Fire Station at 308 Navajo Trail   
Town Hall (as needed) at 1240 N. Boo Road. People in need of shelter should first call the Fire Department at 219-787-8591 so firefighters can make accommodations.

Town Hall meeting room, at 726 Broadway, will open Saturday as a warming shelter.  A limited number of cots and blankets will be available, 219-926-1641.

Community Building at 500 Ackerman Drive in Hawthorne Park
Porter Fire station at 550 Beam St.
Anyone in Porter in need of a warming shelter should first call the Police Department at 219-926-7611. They will then be directed to one of the possible locations..


St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 1511 LaPorte Ave, 219-464-4042.
Vale Park Banta Enrichment Center, 605 Beech St, 219-462-1301
Valparaiso University Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Dr, 219-464-5500.
Valparaiso YMCA, 1202 Cumberland Crossing, open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso Branch, 103 Jefferson St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Housing Opportunities, 2001 Calumet Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An overnight winter shelter for adult men and women is also available by calling 219-548-2800 or 219-400-0203.

Fire Station #1, 3401 Swanson Road, 219-762-7404
Fire Station #2, 6275 Old Porter Rd, 219-764-5770
Fire Station #3, 6070 Central Avenue, 219-762-7404
Woodland Park Blue Spruce Building, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, 219-762-1675.
Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., as a standby only 762-1675.Whiting:
Whiting YMCA, 1938 Clark St., 219-370-5091.


Michigan City: 
Keys to Hope Community Resource Center, at 1802 Franklin St., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, to anyone in need. The center is run by Citizens Concerned for the Homeless.
Michigan City Police Department (MCPD), 1201 E. Michigan Blvd.,
Michigan City Fire Department, 2510 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City;
Michigan City City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City (business hours)
Fire Administration Building, 2510 East Michigan Blvd, 219-873-1440.
Police Station, Open 24 Hours, 102 East 2nd St, 219-874-3221.
Public Library, 100 East 4th St, 219-873-3044.
Senior Center, 2 on the Lake, 219-873-1504.

For the location of the nightly designated Michigan City homeless shelter, please call MCPD at (219) 874-3221. Michigan City’s overnight shelters are in place.  In any emergency situations, additional help and warming centers have been arranged by our LaPorte County Emergency Management Director Larry Butcher. Please contact him directly at (219) 898-1491.


• La Porte County Sheriff’s Office/County Complex, 809 State Street, La Porte;
• The PAX Center, 605 Washington Street, La Porte; 8am – 6pm.
• Center Township Trustee Office, 1700 Lincolnway, Suite 6, La Porte (business hours); 6:30am to 5pm.
• La Porte City Hall, 801 Michigan Avenue, La Porte (business hours);
  Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe St., 9am – 4pm.
• City Hall, 801 Michigan Ave., 8:30am – 4:30pm.
• LaPorte Fire Station,
710 Daytona Street.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.