Winter Warming Centres:
In collaboration with the Durham Region Health Department and homelessness support agencies across our community, Durham Region implements a Winter Warming Plan to support unsheltered residents over the winter. The Durham Region Health Department issues Extreme Cold Weather Alerts when temperatures are forecasted to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/ or when the wind chill is forecasted to reach -20 degree Celsius or colder. When this alert is initiated, all housing-focused emergency shelters expand their services by adding additional mats/ cots and safe spaces. This can include utilizing hotel accommodations, if necessary, to ensure that no individual is denied shelter from the elements. Shelters also remain open during the day to accommodate individuals seeking warmth and shelter.
Winter Warming Centres
There are currently 3 names in this directory
Dedicated Advocacy Resource Support (DARS) Winter Warming
During inclement weather DARS Winter Warming
will operate 8:00 pm – 8:00 am
: 928 Liverpool Rd, Pickering
(Peace Lutheran Church (PLC))
: Both men and women, pets welcome
: 25 spaces
: December 1st
DARS flag system:
The program will use the flag pole at the Peace Lutheran Church to let community members know when the program is open.
- Blue Flag at the top of the pole: warming program is open, please come in.
- Blue Flag at half-mast: the warming program will open at 8 p.m.
- Blue flag lowered: the program is closed.
Oshawa - Back Door Mission – Mission United
Address: 66 Simcoe St. South
Criteria: Clinic clients of Mission United
Oshawa - Do Unto Others (DUO)
Open 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Address: 446 Simcoe St. S., Unit D, Oshawa
Criteria: Men and women, pets welcome
Capacity: 50 to 70 spaces
Criteria: Men and women, pets allowed