A cold front is moving into the region late Sunday night-early Monday morning, bringing a light band of showers with it and prompting a Code Purple to be issued for Monday, Nov. 23.
Normally, local homeless shelters issue a Code Purple on nights when the temperature falls below 32-degrees or the equivalent with the wind chill factor. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic however, homeless individuals have had a much harder time finding a warm place to stay.
Tracey Childers with the Asheville Homeless Coalition says although there are not spaces holding emergency shelter at this time, the following are options:
Warming center at Jubilee entrance on Patton Avenue for up to 41 individuals at a time. Masks are required in the building. Coffee will be served. Staffed by Homeward Bound.
- 11/23-11/27 open from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- 11/30-12/4 open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
AHOPE basement level for showers, storage and mail.
Shelter options and criteria. Screening by calling in advance is highly recommended:
- Salvation Army: available for the chronically homeless with underlying health condition: 828-253-4723
- WCRM: Call early in the day to conduct intake: 828-254-0471 . COVID in the last 24 hours. ID is required.
- VRQ and Steadfast House veterans' contact: 828-398-6609
- Waiting list for civilian women and children: 828-398-6920
Representatives with the Western Carolina Rescue Mission say anyone needing a blanket is welcome to stop by. They’ll also continue to give out hot meals to those in need and will be handing out coats, hats, gloves and scarves during their weekly Clothing Closet on Fridays from 9-10:30 a.m.
The organization has also started a “Critical Needs” Amazon Wish List for anyone wanting to donate needed items. Click here to help.
Additionally, the organization will be hosting Food Box Tuesday every week from 2-3 p.m. along Patton Avenue where those in need can receive food boxes that can feed a family of up to 4 for an entire week.
Most of Monday's early morning rain should be gone before sunrise, with dry, breezy and cooler conditions returning. Wind chill values will be hovering around freezing Monday morning. A few flurries are possible on the highest ridge tops near Tennessee.
The next system arrives on Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavier showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to Western north Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
Expect lingering showers on Thanksgiving morning, with dry and mild weather in the afternoon.