With cold weather entering the region, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano reminds residents that Warm Bed, Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program, is open to assist homeless individuals and families during the winter months. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order that directs homeless individuals to shelter during inclement winter weather which can cause hypothermia, serious injury and death.
“I remind residents that Nassau County operates a winter homeless hotline, 1-866-WARM-BED, seven days a week and is at the ready to provide shelter to those in need. No resident should have to spend nights in the freezing cold when they can call the Nassau County Hotline and be placed in a warm shelter right away,” said County Executive Mangano.
The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline began operation on November 25, 2015 and runs seven days a week through March 31st, 2016. If winter conditions persist beyond March 31st, the program will continue until warmer weather arrives.
Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, and Friday from 6:00 p.m. thru Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from the Department of Social Services (DSS) will make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement. Once placed, the staff at DSS and the Office of Housing & Community Development will contact those who are homeless in order to access resources for permanent housing. County Executive Mangano also urges Nassau’s homeless veterans to take advantage of the program, where they will be assisted by the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.
During the 2014/2015 season, a total of 257 individuals were housed by the WARMBED program. These referrals included 165 adults 92 children.
NASSAU COUNTY HOMELESS HOTLINE (WARMBED):
1-866-927-6233 (1-866- WARMBED)
Department of Social Services (516) 227-8519: After office hours (516) 573-8626
Long Island Crisis Center (516) 679-1111
The Safe Center L.I. (516) 542-0404
Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123