Social Services News Releases

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Curran Announces Warmbed Emergency Winter Shelter Program for the Homeless to Begin Today

MINEOLA NY - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today announced that WARMBED, Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program for homeless individuals and families during the winter months, will be activated today, Wednesday, November 21st beginning at 6:00 p.m.

“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 Curran. “Homeless residents calling the hotline will be connected immediately to a person who can help them get out of the cold and obtain the services they need to restart their lives. Help is really just a phone call away.”

The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline, WARMBED, will operate 7 days a week and run through March 31st, 2019. If winter conditions persist beyond March 31st, the program will continue until warmer weather arrives.

Between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 4:45 p.m. through Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from WARMBED and 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 Curran also urges Nassau’s homeless veterans to take advantage of the WARMBED program, where they will be assisted by the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.

During the 2017/2018 season, a total of 482 individuals comprising of 345 adults and 137 children were housed by the WARMBED program. 


NASSAU COUNTY HOMELESS HOTLINE (WARMBED):
1-866-927-6233 (1-866- WARMBED)

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
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