NMC Commentary

Cold Weather Resources Available

Here are some local resources shared by community partners in advance of the upcoming sub-zero temperatures:

  • A lost of local shelters with updates to extended hours and extended capacity can be found here:  Warming and Shelter Locations | Vermont Emergency Management
  • The Vermont State Police will also provide ‘freeze patrols’ during which troopers will patrol the state’s two interstate highways during the overnight hours, when troopers typically are off duty.
  • Franklin Grand Isle Community Action has been conducting outreach to individuals that we know are unhoused and unsheltered and offering this information.  So far of the 20 or so known to us all but 1 has found temporary shelter with friends / family.
  • The Samaritan House is circulating this release of their extended hours and services throughout the community:


The lobby of Tim’s House emergency shelter, located at 20 Kingman Street in St. Albans, will be extending its normal operating hours to ensure residents have access to warm indoor space through the upcoming cold snap.

CVOEO’s Samaritan House will keep the lobby open and fully staffed from 8AM on Friday, February 3rd until noon on Sunday, February 5th. All are welcome, including pets (pets must be on a leash at all times). You do not need to be a resident of Franklin/Grand Isle counties and no ID is required.

Transportation is available through Green Mountain Transit’s #110 St. Albans Downtown Shuttle and the closest stop is Main St. at Bank St. (Stop 7).

Samaritan House staff will pick up meals from Martha’s Community Kitchen on Friday and Saturday. Water and coffee are available onsite.


Statewide Resources

The State is opening two Emergency Extreme Cold Weather Shelters and Warming Spaces:  With limited capacity in hotels and motels, two additional cold weather shelters will be open and available on Thursday – Saturday evenings.  Shelter guests need not be in county.  Households who call Economic Services for GA Emergency Housing and are not able to access a room, may receive support with transportation to Rutland or Burlington.   A phone number for the shelters is provided to support coordination, if necessary.  Walk ins are welcome, no referrals are not required.

Extreme Cold Weather Overnight Shelters & Warming Spaces



Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 5pm – 8am

Walk ins are welcome, no referrals required.

Adults only

Operated by Burlington Community Economic Development Office

Phone: 802-829-6326


Community Resource Center, 228 North Winooski Ave, Burlington

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am – 5pm; Saturday, Sunday: 8am – 12pm




BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street, Rutland, VT

Walk ins are welcome, no referrals required.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 4pm – 7:30am

Adults only

Operated by BROC Community Action

Phone: 802-855-4813


United Methodist Church, 60 Strongs Avenue, Rutland, VT

Friday:  7:00am – 4:30pm, Saturday: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Will serve breakfast and lunch these days.