The Oxnard National Guard Armory will be opened to the homeless at 6:30 tonight, even if weather conditions do not warrant operating the 100-bed facility, officials said Wednesday.
The shelter is generally opened when the temperature is expected to drop below 40 degrees or when forecasts call for a 50% chance of rain combined with a low of 50 degrees.
The facility was opened Wednesday for the first time this winter, and about 30 people had moved in by 9:30 p.m., Red Cross volunteers said.
National Weather Service forecasters predicted that temperatures would dip into the mid-40s.
Nancy Steinhelper, chief of adult services for the public social services agency, said earlier this week that the Oxnard Armory at 351 South K St. would offer homeless people a warm place to sleep on Thanksgiving Day because it is the right thing to do.