Warming/Cooling Centers and Emergency Shelters

Warming & Cooling Centers and Official Shelter Locations

Warming and Cooling Centers are available to the general public during the building’s normal business hours. The public is allowed access to public areas, such as lobbies, restrooms, drinking fountains, etc. Official Shelters provide sleeping accommodations and may or may not include meals.

Overnight Warming Center

In the event of a National Weather Service ( opens in a new windowNWS) forecast for temperatures, 9 degrees Fahrenheit or below between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am of a given day, the City of Columbia will open a temporary overnight warming center at the opens in a new windowWabash Bus Station (126 North Tenth Street) from 7 pm – 6 am.

The overnight warming center will serve as a refuge of last resort for persons unwilling or unable to access local emergency shelter services. City staff will continue to coordinate closely with homeless service providers to ensure low barrier access to overnight emergency shelter as the preferred option for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

Warming and Cooling Centers

Location Street Address Phone Number
ARC (Activity and Recreation Center) 
Normal Business Hours:
Monday – Friday     5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday    7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday     9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Open July 4th from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Watch for notices of hours adjustments during holiday weeks
1701 W Ash Street 573.874.7700
Boone County Government Center
Normal Business Hours:
Monday – Friday     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
801 E Walnut 573.886.4305

Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services
Normal Business Hours:
Monday – Friday     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1005 W Worley Street 573.874.7355

Homeless Drop-In Center

Location Street Address Phone Number

Turning Point

Normal Business Hours:

Monday – Friday    7 a.m. – noon

702 Wilkes Blvd. 573.214.4077

Official Shelters

Location Street Address Phone Number
Rainbow House (for children/youth) 1611 Towne Dr. 573.474.6600
Salvation Army Harbor House 602 N. Ann St.  573.442.1984
True North (for domestic violence) Please Call 573.875.1370
Welcome Home (for veterans) 2120 Business Loop 70 E 573.443.8001

Room at the Inn (WINTER ONLY)
Hours: 7 p.m.-7 a.m., overnights only

Shelter locations