• Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023

City of Cincinnati shares resources ahead of Extreme Weather Conditions

By Mollie Lair
City Manager’s Office

City Manager Sheryl Long is sharing resources available to the public as extreme winter weather conditions are forecast for later this week and weekend. Temperatures are expected to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit overnight on Thursday, with lows remaining in the single digits for several days and wind chills as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit possible. Additionally, rain, ice, and snow accumulation are expected on Thursday and Friday.

Exposure to these conditions is dangerous, even for brief periods of time. Residents and visitors are advised to stay indoors as much as possible. Vulnerable populations, especially those who live outdoors, are at great risk.

The City of Cincinnati is prepared to help residents and visitors weather the storm.

Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, slurred speech, trouble with coordination, slowed response time, sleepiness, and shivering. Frostbite, which may accompany hypothermia, is characterized by areas of the body becoming dusky, dark, waxy, or blanched after extended exposure to severe cold. Frostbitten areas may feel numb or prickly to the frostbitten person.

These conditions require quick medical evaluation and attention. If you, someone you know, or someone you encounter develops signs or symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, call 911.

Warming centers

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) will operate all 23 of its citywide Community Centers as warming centers Thursday 12/22 and Friday 12/23 during regular business hours, with 16 open on Saturday 12/24. Those hours can be found here:


CRC will operate its Corryville location as an emergency warming center Saturday 12/24, Sunday 12/25, and Monday 12/26 from 10 AM – 6 PM.

Warming centers provide residents and visitors in need with a safe place to avoid the extreme cold. A CRC membership is not required to use a warming center.

Community outreach

To protect the most vulnerable, the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) is working with local agencies to reach residents who normally live outdoors and encourage them to use available resources such as local overnight shelters.

To alert CPD of someone who may need support services, contact the CPD Non-Emergency line at 513-765-1212. Cincinnati Police will follow up on tips and offer to transport persons in need to area shelters.


311Cincy is the City of Cincinnati’s overall non-emergency customer service system. This includes the 311 call center, online service request system, mobile app, and public alerting systems.

  • Dial 311 (or 513-765-1212 from outside the city)
  • Go to 311Cincy.com
  • Use the 311Cincy mobile app

During extreme winter weather, you might use 311Cincy to:

  • Be linked to resources if your heat goes out
  • Connect with city services about piled-up snow
  • Ask questions about trash collection in snowy conditions

Additional resources

Persons without housing are encouraged to seek immediate shelter. Attached is a list of area shelters and support services. Those in need may also call the Central Access Point (CAP) hotline at 513-381-SAFE (7233) or text CAP at 513-970-1515 for information about local services and shelters.

Cincinnati Area Support Services

Adult Emergency Shelters

Winter Shelter at the David & Rebecca Barron Center for Men December – February 7PM – 6AMMen and women 18+200 beds411 Gest Street, 45203(513) 721-0643
The David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men 24-hour facilityMen 18+150 beds411 Gest Street, 45203(513) 721-0643
Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women 24-hour facilityWomen 18+60 beds2499 Reading Road, 45202(513) 562-1980

Other Shelters and Service Providers

Bethany House for Families

4769 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45237

(513) 381-7233

(Central Access Point line)

Catholic Worker House (for men)

1437 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 381-4941

City Gospel Mission (for men)

1805 Dalton St., Cincinnati, OH 45214

(513) 241-5525

Interfaith Hospitality Network (for families)

(513) 471-1100

(phone calls only)

Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center (for youth 17 and under)

2314 Iowa Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 961-4080

Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth (Ages 18-24)

2314 Iowa Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 569-9500

Off the Streets (for women with histories of sex trafficking and exploitation)

2401 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 768-6928

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

1528 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-7265

Salvation Army Echelon Cincinnati (for women with children)

131 E 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 762-5655

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter (for women and children experiencing domestic abuse)

898 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 872-9259

Addiction Support Services

24-hour Rehab Help Line

(855) 532-1953

Cincinnati Chemical Addition Treatment (CCAT)

830 Ezzard Charles Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45214

(513) 381-6672

Housing for Those Affected by Substance Abuse

Charlie’s ¾ House (for men working with alcohol abuse)

2121 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 784-1853

First Step Home (for women and newborns)

2203 Fulton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 961-4663

Sober Living (for men and women working with substance abuse)

4041 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45229

(513) 681-0324

Food Pantries

City Gospel Mission

1805 Dalton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45214

(513) 241-5525

First Lutheran Church

1208 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 421-0065

Freestore Foodbank

112 E. Liberty St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 241-1064

The Lord’s Pantry

6800 School St., Cincinnati, OH

(513) 271-8442

OTR Soup Kitchen

1620 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 241-5121

Our Daily Bread

1730 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-6364

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

1528 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-7265

Salvation Army Echelon Cincinnati

131 E 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 762-5655

Mother Teresa Calcutta Dining Room

1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 549-0542

(formerly St. Francis Seraph)

Crisis Lines and Counseling Services

931WARM (peer-run listening service for those in recovery)

(513) 931-9276

Health Resource Center

2347 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

(513) 357-4602

McMicken Health Collaborative

40 E. McMicken Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 352-6364

Mental Health Access Point

311 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229

(513) 558-8888

Women Helping Women

215 E. 9th St., Seventh Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 381-5610

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter (for women and children experiencing domestic abuse)

898 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 872-9259

Other Resources

Central Access Point (CAP) (for information regarding shelter assistance)

(513) 381-7233

The Mary Magdalen Shower House (for men and women 18+; showers, restrooms, laundry, phones, and mail)

1629 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 721-4811

Shalom Center for Elder Abuse

8485 Ridge Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

(888) 295-7453

Strategies to End Homelessness (resource for emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and housing services)

2368 Victory Parkway, #600, Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 263-2780

United Way 2-1-1

Dial 211

Open 24/7; speak to a trained professional to connect to essential community services

VA Resource Center (for men and women)

909 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 977-6800