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UPDATE 9:20 p.m. -- It has been clarified that the inclement weather shelter set up at Building Bridges, at 1045 S State Street in Ukiah, is intended for anyone who does not have a warm place to sleep, whether housed or unhoused.
Supervisor John McCowen explained in a brief interview, "My understanding is it is avaliable to anyone who needs shelter. The impetus was the cold weather but there is no distinction between housed and unhoused." He added that it is mostly intended for people who are suffering from the cold, and without heat.
He also noted that word has been sent out to hospitals, police, fire and paramedics who are most likely to "have contact with the medically vulnerable."
MENDOCINO Co., 10/29/19 -- The County of Mendocino has opened an inclement weather shelter for people without housing. Temperatures are expected to drop significantly tonight.
If you know someone or see someone who could use shelter on this frigid night, tell them, temperatures are expected to dip into the low 20s in some places. The shelter opened at 5:30 p.m. and anyone who needs a warm place can go to Building Bridges at 1045 S State Street in Ukiah.
Here is a statement made by Supervisor Ted Williams via his Facebook page:
Please provide this information to first responders who may run across people who are particularly vulnerable to the cold tonight?
Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency
Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Tammy Moss Chandler, Director
Noemi Doohan, MD, PhD, Interim Health Officer
Inclement Weather Shelter Opening
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather warning for frost and freezing temperatures, as well as a red flag warning of extreme wind conditions beginning on October 29th for the Ukiah area.
In partnership with Redwood Community Services and the City of Ukiah, the Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) is opening an Inclement Weather Shelter beginning this evening, Tuesday, October 29th.
“These conditions are potentially life threatening for our residents who do not have adequate shelter,” says Dr. Noemi Doohan, Mendocino County Interim Health Officer. “Therefore, an inclement weather emergency shelter is being opened to help assure the safety of our community.”
Anyone who needs a warm place to shelter this evening can check in beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Building Bridges, 1045 S State Street in Ukiah.
Questions about these emergency shelter services can be directed to Bekkie Emery, Assistant Director of HHSA, at (707) 972-3472.
For our partner agencies who may need to access HHSA’s Care and Shelter Team to discuss client needs after 7:00 p.m. please call (707) 510-1556.Supervisor Ted Williams
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