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(February 12, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that City officials have secured additional overnight shelter accommodations in the City of Hartford for citizens that can be used in conjunction with the State’s cold weather activation, accessed through 2-1-1. Yesterday, Mayor Bronin announced the opening of warming centers across the City to provide comfort during extreme cold weather over the weekend.  

“With freezing temperatures and the wind chill factor below zero, it’s critical that we secure enough space to accommodate any citizen in need,” Mayor Bronin said. “Additional cots will be provided to accommodate for over 200 citizens. I applaud the efforts of our Firefighters, Police Officers, and community volunteers who reacted swiftly in time of need.” 

The Hartford Fire Department and Hartford Police Department, with assistance from Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, will assist in setting up cots and securing shelter accommodations at two new overnight locations. Additionally, the Salvation Army Rec Center at 100 Nelson Street will provide daytime shelter from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. 

Please contact 211 if you or someone you know is in need of overnight shelter or a warm place to stay.  There are many shelters in the City and region that can be accessed by calling 211.  The two new overnight warming centers for this weekend are listed below:  

Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 814 Asylum Avenue: 50 cots provided by the City of Hartford. Phone: (860)   525-5696

Open 5 p.m. – 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Harford Rescue Mission – 650 Windsor Street: 75 cots provided by the City of Hartford. Phone: 860-241-0989

Open 24 hours Friday through Sunday.




(February 11, 2016) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has ordered the opening of the warming centers in the City of Hartford. The purpose for opening these centers shall be to provide temporary comfort during regular business hours.  Any residents in need of overnight shelter accommodations are encouraged to call 2-1-1.“With temperatures expected to be in the low 20s and high teens, and with high winds bringing the wind chill factor temperatures to the single digit range, I’m urging residents to take steps to stay indoors and prepare for extreme cold,” said Mayor Bronin. “I’ve ordered the opening of our warming centers, which provide daytime options for residents. However, if you or anyone you know is in need of overnight arrangements, please reach out to our partners at 2-1-1.”

During severe cold weather, residents should take the following precautions: 

  • Stay indoors if possible
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat and change wet clothes frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion
  • If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible

List of Warming Centers:

  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Parker Memorial, 2621 Main Street: Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pope Park, 30 Pope Park Drive: Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors Below are hours of operation.

  • Hartford Downtown Library, 500 Main Street: Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street: Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: Friday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue: Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street: Friday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Park Street Branch, 744 Park Street: Friday 12:30pm - 5:00pm 
  • SAND/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: Friday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



(February 9, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin invites students of Hartford schools, and their families, to participate in the City of Hartford’s “Rock Your Future 2016” (#RYF2016). This free career readiness event will feature workshops on résumé writing, interview skills, and professional online presence (where youth can have a professional headshot photograph taken). Eligible youth will be able to pre-apply for 2016 summer youth employment. A special workshop for parents, grandparents, and other guardians will feature guest speakers and a youth panel about empowering youth toward success. In the #RYF2016 Resource Hall, youth and their family members will gain valuable information, including how to: open a bank account, obtain a social security card, submit a birth record application, navigate public transit systems, understand workplace rights, and more. Campus tours also will be provided.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation (DFCYR), Capital Workforce Partners, Hartford Public Schools, and the Hartford Student Senate, will be Feb. 20 at Trinity College’s Mather Hall. Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register for either the morning session (7:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or the afternoon session (12:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Registration:

“Connecting Hartford’s young men and women to career opportunities is the single most important thing we can do to build a stronger Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I encourage every young Hartford resident to attend Rock Your Future 2016 and learn how to take full advantage of the opportunities that are out there.  We’re working to expand summer and year-round employment, and we want every young person in Hartford to have the chance to get that job that helps open the door to a career.” 

“It is vital that our community empower youth toward positive decisions and well-paying careers. We are excited to highlight youth career readiness at RYF2016,” said DFCYR Director José Colón-Rivas.




WHO: Students of Hartford schools, and their families

WHAT: “Rock Your Future 2016” Youth Employment and Empowerment Day

WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mather Hall at Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford




HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM