Cold weather shelters are activated when the weather is below 32 degrees, or below 35 degrees when it is raining or there are high winds.
According to the KVUE meteorologists, Thursday's lowest temperature is expected to be 32 degrees. The weather Thursday night is expected to be clear and cold.
The City said single adult men or women needing shelter should report to the ARCH by 5:15 p.m. Families in need should go to the Salvation Army by 7 p.m.
How do those who experience homelessness find out about this shelter activation?
The City of Austin said teams help spread the word.
"We work with partners to get the word out, including our HOST teams, public safety agencies, + social service orgs," tweeted the City. "Our cold weather sheltering plan has been in place 20 years+ and is often shared via word of mouth by those experiencing homelessness."
The shelter normally operates on a lottery process, which determines who will be offered shelter for the night.
People who do not have a tuberculosis test on file with Front Steps should plan to attend the lottery, as all tuberculosis policies remain in full effect at the ARCH.
For more information, you can call the shelter's hotline at 512-305-4233.
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