Overnight Warming Location (OWL)

OWL logo, City of Elk Grove logo and HART logo

The Elk Grove Overnight Warming Location (OWL) Cooperative is a network of city, service, and faith-based organizations operating overnight warming centers for those who need it.

December 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022*

* Operating dates are dependent on weather conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will an OWL open?

Organizers will initiate the opening of an OWL when the following conditions are expected:

  • 34 degree RealFeel forecasted for two days in a row
  • Rain forecasted for two days in a row
  • Wind forecasted for two days in a row with sustained winds of 15+MPH, combined with a RealFeel of 36 degrees
Who determines when the OWL weather thresholds have been met?
The City of Elk Grove Emergency Manager will use Accuweather to identify when weather is forecasted to meeting the OWL opening criteria and will initiate the process for opening the OWL approximately 48 hours in advance of those forecasted conditions.
How will the unsheltered be notified of the opening and the location of an OWL?
The City’s Emergency Manager will use the Everbridge system to notify people who sign up for notifications. Notifications will be sent by text and email.
Who is eligible to stay at the OWL church?
Adults 18 and older. Families with children requesting assistance may qualify for the motel voucher program. Contact Elk Grove HART for details.
How will guests get to the OWL?
Transportation is not provided, but free bus passes are available. Contact Elk Grove HART for details.
What are the operating hours of the OWL?
Check-in for OWL guests is 6:00pm and check-out is 8:00am.
Are there any COVID-19 requirements?
Masks must be worn when not eating or sleeping.
Are pets permitted at the OWL?
None of the participating OWL locations are accepting animals.
Will drug or weapons searches take place at check-in?
This will be at the discretion of each OWL host site.

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