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United Way opens warming shelter in Columbia

As the temperature gets colder at night, the United Way has opened their Inclement Weather Center for those who need a warm place to stay in Columbia.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The United Way of the Midlands has opened its Inclement Weather Center as a warming shelter as the temperatures have turned colder.

The center is located on Calhoun Street and is open to adults 18 years and older who are experiencing homelessness.  The shelter will open any night temperatures are expected to drop 40 degrees or below between November 1 and March 31, 2020.

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Those who need to use the shelter must ride the COMET bus.  COMET will provide free transportation, picking people up to transport to the shelter at COMET Central on Sumter Street.  The service begins at 5:45 p.m. and will run every 15 to 20 minutes.

The Salvation Army will provide a hot dinner and breakfast at the shelter.  The Inclement Weather Center also has showers available.  The warming shelter will close every morning by 7 a.m.

The decision to open the center, operated through a partnership among the City of Columbia, United Way of the Midlands, Transitions, and the Salvation Army of the Midlands, will be made each day at 1 p.m.  To find out if the shelter will open on a certain night, you can call 211.