by Robin Kemp

Clayton County does not maintain warming shelters. However, it does have a plan in case of extreme cold.

Chairman Jeff Turner said the county does “have an agreement with the school system” to open up a few schools, as well as a recreation center, in cases of extreme emergency.

The locations of those warming shelters would be announced through local media outlets like The Clayton Crescent, as well as through county social media outlets.

Neighboring counties, including Dekalb, have some warming shelters. Earlier this month, however, the AJC’s Tyler Estep reported community activists wanted to see more wraparound services from the Dekalb warming centers.

Calvary Refuge Center, 4265 Thurman Road just off Jonesboro Road in Forest Park, is open to families experiencing homelessness (men and women sleep in different wings). The shelter is open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and people must leave during the daytime.

If you have additional information about where people can go to get warm when it’s freezing, please e-mail

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