Auburn opens warming center as dangerous cold is forecast

AUBURN — The city is opening a 48-hour warming shelter to help protect residents from the dangerously cold temperatures that are expected on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4.
The city has partnered with the Auburn Housing Authority to stand up the warming center, which will be located at the AHA’s Family Development Center on Valerie Circle.
The center will open at noon on Friday, Feb. 3, and will remain open – including overnights – until noon on Sunday, Feb. 5.
“The city of Auburn and our community partners are dedicated to keeping our community safe, especially those who may be most vulnerable to the record-breaking low temperatures we are expecting,” said Glen Holmes, director of business and community development.
Free transportation to the warming center will be available through the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston. The pick-up location is First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. Pick-up timesare 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
The center will also be easily accessible via the Citylink bus service, which has stops nearby.
Auburn’s Community Development team and the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine will staff the center, and security will be on site. Organizers also plan to provide food for those who use the warming center.
When Center closes at noon on Sunday, the YMCA will offer free transportation back to First Universalist Church, where the church’s Pleasant Street Drop-in Center will be open.