During this winter season, Montgomery County will again be implementing a winter weather, or “Code Blue,” emergency plan. In periods of extreme, life-threatening weather, defined as a wind-chill factor of 20°F or below, multiple county agencies and private health / social organizations will offer expanded services for those without adequate shelter, including the chronically homeless and homeless families with children. The goal of the Code Blue plan is to provide temporary shelter, food, and clothing to those in need.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for recommending Code Blue emergencies to the County Commissioners based on monitoring of National Weather Service forecasts. Code Blue declarations will be issued for a specific duration, usually based on 24-hour increments, and will end as initially declared unless formally extended by the County Commissioners.
Residents of Montgomery County who need shelter during a Code Blue between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday can call the Your Way Home Call Center at 1-877-646-6306.
After hours and weekends, residents can call the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) at 610-292-9244. The CHOC is located in Building 53 on the Norristown State Hospital grounds. If needed, transportation will be provided.