| Freedom Warming Centers

Program Description

The Freedom Warming Centers are a low-barrier service providing shelter to all in need of sanctuary on cold nights. The program serves individuals across 12 sites in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, and Lompoc. Guests can arrive at any hour of the evening, between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

The Freedom Warming Centers can be a gateway for homeless individuals seeking recovery and/or housing services and other resources. Individuals who access Warming Center services have fewer emergency room visits and are less likely to be housed in jails. When activated countywide, the Freedom Warming Centers serve approximately 200 individuals a night.

The FWC is active on November 15 & March 31 when the temperatures are forecast below 35 degrees or more than a 50% chance of rain. The FWC Hotline is updated daily for activations.

Program Qualifications

Unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness.

Contact Information

Various locations in:
Santa Barbara
Santa Maria

FWC Hotline
(805) 324-2372

Brian Halterman
(805) 735-4390 ext 901

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