Help the Homeless in NYC’s Extreme Cold

As temperatures reach record lows in some parts of New York State today, please be sure to stay safe – no shame in staying indoors with some hot cocoa and Netflix today! Although the forecast doesn’t predict that temperatures will stay this low for much longer, even an hour in the cold can seriously harm some of New York City’s over 50,000 people experiencing homelessness. The good news is that YOU can help!

Here are just a few ways you can help bring a little warmth to your fellow New Yorkers this winter:

Call 311

If you see someone outside in distress or in need of shelter, call New York City’s 311 line (or 911 if there is an emergency). An outreach team will be dispatched to help the person find the nearest shelter.

Share Information

The Bowery Mission has created¬†resource cards that can be printed and given to anyone in need. Their chapel is open all day today, January 7th, to keep as many guests as possible warm. They are offering meals and hot beverages are offered all day, as well as films to provide entertainment. The Bowery Mission works to end homelessness every day of the year, and has volunteer opportunities¬†for anyone interested in working directly with homeless individuals or helping to support the Mission’s work. Other organizations to refer individuals to include New York Common Pantry, Coalition for the Homeless, and New Alternatives.

Donate or Collect Coats

New York Cares is hosting a coat drive, as well as providing resources for individuals looking to hold their own collection drives, through February 7th. They have received more than 100,000 requests for coats this winter, and there are many ways you can get involved in helping to ensure that every man, woman, and child in the city has a warm coat on cold days like this.

Homelessness is a year-round issue, but winters in New York are especially difficult. If you have other suggestions for ways to assist those in need, please share below. Stay warm!