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December 07
​White Flag Will Fly During Winter Weather

With below-freezing temperatures and the potential for snow and ice in the forecast, Wake County will fly the white flag outside its shelters this weekend as a signal to people experiencing homelessness that relief from the winter weather is available.

“No one should have to ride out a winter storm sleeping on the streets,” said Lorena McDowell, director of housing and homeless services. “To help keep all of our residents safe and warm, we will open our doors to anyone that needs shelter from the extreme cold.”

Whenever the nighttime temperature dips below 32 degrees, or 38 degrees if there’s precipitation, shelters throughout Wake County will post a white flag outside to encourage those experiencing homelessness to spend the night inside, even if the shelter is already at capacity. No one is turned away when the white flag is out.

Shelter sites in Raleigh include:

All men seeking shelter should first contact the South Wilmington Street Center for referral. Women without children should contact The Healing Place of Wake County or The Helen Wright Center. Women with or without children may contact the Raleigh Rescue Mission.


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