Dallas, OurCalling Transition Convention Center to Emergency Homeless Shelter Ahead of Winter Storm – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
OurCalling, a nonprofit homeless department, is partnering with the city of Dallas to open the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center to keep the homeless safe as the blistering cold continues from a life-threatening and dangerous winter storm this weekend.
With busy emergency shelters, the site will open its doors to 300 homeless people on Friday. The city of Dallas and OurCalling expect the number of people seeking shelter to grow as temperatures continue to drop.
The convention center will remain open to the homeless day and night as long as the temperature is below freezing – which is expected to be the case for much of the next week.
In addition to the shelter, OurCalling, The Salvation Army, and The Stewpot prepare three meals a day for those staying at the convention center.
Other homeless agencies like Austin Street, The Bridge, and Union Gospel Mission plan to support the services at the Convention Center as well. However, since their own accommodations are full, their help will be limited.
Cribs are provided by the city’s emergency solutions office, and mask pallets have been donated by Shoreline City Church.
OurCalling plans to welcome homeless people through the loading dock and use the exhibition hall for social distancing and other security protocols.
Funding for the use of the convention center is provided by the City of Dallas, OurCalling, and several other partners.
OurCalling said those who wish to support the effort can make financial donations. Food, clothing, blankets, and other donations are currently highly recommended to help keep community members safe.