Den Haag - Winter measures for homeless in effect


Winter measures for homeless in effect

Gepubliceerd: 17 January 2019Laatste wijziging: 17 January 2019

Due to freezing temperatures, the cold weather arrangements for The Hague’s homeless population will take effect on 17 January. During extremely cold periods in the winter, the night shelter and the extra winter shelter are free of charge. Women can find extra beds at the Kessler Stichting in The Hague.

The cold weather arrangements come into force when it becomes too dangerous to sleep outdoors, for example if there is frost or a combination of extreme cold with a strong wind and long-lasting rain. People can risk serious health problems or even death as a result of hypothermia.

Once temperatures rise again, the situation returns to normal.

Bed and meal

Homeless people get a bed as well as a meal and breakfast and they can shower and wash their clothes. They can consult a district nurse if they require medical care.

Regular shelter

The winter shelter at Zilverstraat 40 is run by Stichting Dr. Schroeder van der Kolk and has space for 125 males. Women can stay in the night shelter of the Kessler Stichting at Delagoastraat 60.

People who are already sleeping in the regular night shelters of the Leger des Heils (Salvation Army) or the Kessler Stichting can stay there for free during the cold weather arrangements. They will not have to pay the € 2 per night fee or provide ID. 

Free blankets

People living on the street who cannot or do not want to use the winter shelter can pick up a (free) insulating blanket at 1 of the centres.

More info

Go to for more information about the winter measures.