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CLEVELAND -- Several cities have opened warming centers to help residents impacted by the extreme cold.

Cleveland opened 20 shelters at 8 a.m. Monday.

At the Michael Zone Center at W. 65th Street and Lorain Avenue, there were at least three people who said they are basically homeless and grateful for the warmth that was provided.

One person, Robert Meadows, said "You can't let people freeze on the street."

Local county officials say that, in Cleveland, the men's shelter at 2100 Lakeside Avenue and the shelter for women, children and families at 2227 Payne Avenue are also open around the clock.

All Cleveland shelters will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday but three shelters -- Fairfax, Michael Zone and Sterling -- were open overnight.

The Cleveland shelters are:

  • Central at 2526 Central
  • Clark at 5706 Clark
  • Collinwood at 16300 Lakeshore
  • Cory at 10510 Drexel
  • Cudell Fine Arts at 10013 Detroit Ave
  • Cudell Recreation at 1910 West Blvd
  • Earle B. Turner at 11300 Miles
  • Fairfax at 2335 East 82nd Street
  • Glenville at 680 East 113th Street
  • Gunning at 16700 Puritas
  • Halloran Park at 3550 West 117the Street
  • Hamilton at 13200 Kinsman
  • Kenneth L Johnson at 9206 Woodland
  • John F Kennedy at 17300 Harvard
  • EJ Kovacic at 6250 St. Clair
  • Lonnie Burten at 2511 East 46th Street
  • Michael Zone at 6301 Lorain
  • Stella Walsh at 7345 Broadway
  • Sterling at 1380 East 32nd Street
  • Thurgood Marshall at 8611 Hough
  • Zelma George at 3155 MLK Jr Blvd.

(Estabrook will be closed because of heating problems.)

Akron has set up its community centers as warming centers during regular hours. The sites and hours are as follows:

For December 7 (Tuesday)

  • Ed Davis Community Center 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ellet Community Center 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Firestone Park Community Center 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Joy Park Community Center 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Kenmore Community Center 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lawton Street Community Center 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Mason Park Community Center 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Northwest Family Recreation Center 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Patterson Park Community Center 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Reservoir Park Community Center 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Summit Lake Community Center 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Additional Akron shelters

  • American Red Cross on 501 West Market (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • House of the Lord (1650 Diagonal Road (8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Berea Recreation Center will be open all night Monday as a warm-up center for Berea residents who are experiencing no heat and/or no hot water issues in their homes. Residents can spend the night there and use the men's and women's locker rooms to take hot showers. They must provide their own soap and towels. For further information, call the Recreation Center at (440) 826-5890. The center is located at 451 Front St.

Brunswick Rec Center will stay open overnight and Tuesday for residents needing a warm place to stay. They're asked to bring their own sleeping bags and blankets.

Stow is setting up warming centers for residents as well. The Community Room at the Safety Building and the Council Chambers at City Hall have been designated as warming site. Both are located at the corner of Graham and Darrow roads. Warming sites through Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.

Tallmadge is opening its Rec Center 24/7 for any resident who needs a warm place to stay. Anyone needing help can call the police non-emergency line at 330-633-2181.

Cuyahoga County has also announced plans for how the county will handle the cold. See video below.

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