When weather turns really bad this winter, people who live on Pittsburgh's streets once again will have a place to stay overnight.
Allegheny County's Department of Human Services and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System are again operating a severe weather emergency shelter at Smithfield United Church of Christ.
The shelter, at 620 Smithfield St., Downtown, will operate 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on dangerously cold nights from now through March 15.
Last year the shelter operated a record 63 nights, serving people who do not use the region's existing shelters. It will open when temperatures are expected to drop below 25 degrees, when freezing rains or heavy snowfall are expected or when the National Weather Service declares a blizzard or weather emergency.
Last year the shelter served from 70 to 130 people per night. Up-to-date information on when the shelter is open is available at 412-779-1329.
Len Barcousky: email@example.com or 412-263-1159.