TOMS RIVER – It was strangely warm for a few days this week, but temperatures are expecting to drop again this weekend. In response, overnight shelters for homeless will be opened.
The State Code Blue law opens up shelters when the temperature reaches 32 degrees with precipitation, or 25 degrees without precipitation. However, Toms River recently changed their local law so that they open their shelter at 35 degrees no matter what the weather is. Other local shelters reportedly followed suit.
The municipal shelter is located at Riverwood Park, off Whitesville Road. The shelter will be open:
- Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
- Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.
- Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
- Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Transportation will be provided by Haven Beat the Streets to Riverwood from the Shore Vineyard Church, 1 South Main Street, South Toms River.
Other local shelters are expected to open as well, but the times and locations were not available as of press time.
For more information, call 386-315-0168.