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12/30/2016 - Mayor Ganim Activates Bridgeport Cold Weather Protocol - Warming Centers and Overnight Shelters Open

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim

Bridgeport, CT

For Immediate Release                                        For More Information:

December 30, 2016                                    Av Harris (203) 814-7992

-Press Release-

Mayor Ganim Activates Bridgeport Cold Weather Protocol Due to Cold  Temperatures Overnight and Wind

All Bridgeport Public Libraries and Senior Centers, Greater Bridgeport Transit Bus Terminal Open as Warming Centers During the Day; Operation Care Shelters Available at Night for Those in Need


Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim and Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security have activated the city’s cold weather protocol through Saturday morning December 31, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.  This means all Bridgeport public library branches and senior centers as well as the Greater Bridgeport Transit Terminal will be open during the day as warming centers.  In addition, the United Congregational Church located at 877 Park Avenue will serve as an overflow shelter for anyone in need of a warm shelter during the extreme cold temperatures expected to impact the region for the next two days.       


“With temperatures expected to drop into the 20s tonight with wind chill making it feel even colder than that, everyone who needs shelter during the day or night will have a warm place to go and a warm bed to sleep in,” said Mayor Ganim.  “We want to make sure everyone who needs a place to go will start making plans now.  The cold weather protocol is now activated and will be in effect through tomorrow morning.”


Warming Centers will be open during the day at the following locations and times:


  • Greater Bridgeport Transit Bus Terminal - 710 Water St, Bridgeport CT (7:00am-8:00pm)


    Senior Centers (Open only weekdays):

  • East Side Senior Center- 1057 East Main St Bridgeport, CT  (now-4:30pm)
  • Black Rock Senior Center- 2676 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport, CT (now-4:30pm)
  • North End Bethany Senior Center - 20 Throme St Bridgeport CT (now-4:30pm)


    Bridgeport Public Library Branches:

  • Main Branch – 925 Broad Street, now – 5:00 p.m.
  • Black RockBranch – 2705 Fairfield Avenue,now – 5:00 p.m.
  • Newfield Branch – 1230 Stratford Avenue, now – 5:00 p.m.
  • North Branch – 3455 Madison Avenue, now – 5:00 p.m.
  • Old Mill Green Branch – 1677 East Main Street, now – 5:00 p.m.


For anyone in need of shelter overnight who does not already have a place to stay in Bridgeport, the United Congregational Church located at 877 Park Avenue will be available.  In order to register for that location, people can arrive at the Fairfield Apartments on 1062 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 from 4pm-6pm. 


  • After 9:00 pm, those in need of shelter can go directly to Prospect House located at 392 Prospect St, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or call 211.


  • After 9:00pm – those in need can call 211 or go to Prospect House to be put into the overflow shelter at United Congregational Church.The church however does not accept walk-ins without going through intake at either the Fairfield Apartments or Prospect House.