The Highland County Homeless Shelter has announced warming centers opening for individuals who need shelter or who lose electricity or utilities during the freezing temperatures this week.

Homeless Shelter director Greg Hawkins told The Highland County Press Tuesday that they are unable to serve as a warming center due to state guidelines. However, Hawkins is working to find shelter for anyone who needs a warm place to stay and will be available 24/7 by calling (937) 393-0634.

Calls from individuals seeking shelter must go through Hawkins.



Currently, two area churches and the Highland County YMCA have volunteered to remain open as warming centers.

• Cornerstone Assembly of God, located at 8343 state Route 73 in Hillsboro, will be open now through Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon. Individuals must provide their own blanket. Those staying at the church will have an opportunity to eat, shower and sleep while staying warm.

• North Coast Church, located at 136 North High Street in Hillsboro, will be open starting 5 p.m. Tuesday.

• A third warming center, the Highland County YMCA, was announced Tuesday night. YMCA Executive Director Kellie Kiser will be opening the building from 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday for individuals or families to get relief from the freezing temperatures. The YMCA is located at 201 Diamond Drive in Hillsboro.