In response to the extreme weather over the next few days, MHAEM’s PATH teams (Essex and Morris) are working closely with the local police departments, warming stations and shelters to assure our homeless without an address have shelter from the cold during the day and overnight hours. Both Counties, Essex and Morris, have called a Code Blue and lists of warming stations can be found at https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers
In Essex, we have opened the PATH Office as a warming station during office hours 7 am to 5pm to the homeless and are providing assessments and linkage to services, coffee, breakfast and lunch. In response to CODE BLUE, shelters are sheltering during the day time hours and have opened additional shelter beds to meet the needs of the Essex homeless community. We continue to work directly with the local police departments, as well as, NJ Transit Police Department to identify and shelter the unsheltered population found on the streets and at Newark Penn Station and other train stations within the county.
As always, Essex PATH can be reached 24/7 through on-call services for referral and linkage at (973)842-4127.
In Morris, the PATH team is working directly with NJ 211 and the Morris Office of Temporary Assistance to secure shelter and linkage to services, as needed to the homeless. Warming centers have been opened by municipality in response to CODE BLUE and can be accessed through 211. In addition, PATH’s drop in Center Edna’s Haven located at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover will be operating on extended hours (12:30pm to 5:30pm) to ensure consumers have a warm place to stay until overnight warming stations have opened.
For assistance with navigating the shelter/warming station system contact 2-1-1 or go directly to the Office of Temporary Assistance. Morris PATH can be reached at (973)334- 3496, 24/7 through on-call services for referral and linkage.