Tampa Bay area cold-weather shelters open as temperatures drop

TAMPA - Meteorologist Shay Ryan says a freeze is possible across northern parts of the area Sunday and Monday mornings.  Saturday afternoon temperatures are expected to max out in the mid 60s, and Sunday's high may only reach 59 degrees.  See the current Accu-Weather forecast at http://wfts.tv/mBIBZp

Low temperatures and wind chills are dangerous to anyone who will be outside for a long period of time. Children, the elderly and pets are especially vulnerable to the cold and extra care should be taken to protect them. Make sure to bundle up and dress in layers to keep as warm as possible.

Also don't forget tonight to protect your pets and pipes and heat your home safely during cold weather.

More:  How to protect your plants from freezing weather - http://wfts.tv/zy4YiS

Several organizations will open their doors as the temperature drops throughout the Tampa Bay Region.  Find your county below:


Shelter from the cold is available at Jericho Road Ministries, Homeless Shelter, and Rescue Mission.

  • Men's Shelter - 1090 Mondon Hill Road, Brooksville FL  34605  Phone: 352-799-2912 Ext. 103
  • Women's Shelter: Mary's House - 1163 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL  34601  Phone: 352-799-2912 Ext. 109


According to Pasco Emergency Management, the following cold weather shelters will be opened at 6:00 p.m. Friday (2/16/2013) and Saturday (2/17/2013).

1)  Community Congregational Church
      6533 Circle Dr
      Port Richey                     *No Families.      (727)-597-0428

2)   The Holy Ground Shelter
     8835 Denton Avenue  
     Hudson                        *Families accepted.

3)    The Christian Church
    34921 Chauncy Road
    Zephyrhills                   *Families accepted.
    (813) 810-8670    


Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open in the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16 and 17) at the times listed below for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat. This will be the fourth and fifth time that cold weather shelters have opened this winter.

The shelters are:

·    Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
This shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area. 
Phone: 813-635-8179

·    Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families.
After hours phone: 813-209-1077

·    Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults.
After hours phone: 813-221-4440

·    Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families.
Phone: 813-554-5064

·    Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma
This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.
Phone: 813-635-3500

Most shelters will close the following morning around 7 a.m.

The Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center, and Wimauma Community Center are accepting donations of shelter supplies, such as blankets, disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils, and sugar. Those wishing to donate supplies should contact each individual shelter.

Meals for the shelters are provided through Metropolitan Ministries. Those wishing to donate non-perishable items should contact Metropolitan Ministries at 813-209-1000.

Hillsborough County coordinates with these organizations to help provide cold weather shelters when temperatures are predicted to reach 32 or below degrees, including wind chill. Last winter, cold weather shelters opened 8 days, assisting 1,599 individuals.


The Pinellas County cold night shelters for the homeless will be open on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.
The shelters open at approximately 6 p.m., accept guests all night long, and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.  Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning.  

Adult Men and Women
Clearwater Primary Shelter         
Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: (727) 442-3677
Capacity: 75
Clearwater Back-up Shelter        
St. Cecelia Catholic Church
820 Jasmine Way
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: (727) 447-3494
Capacity: 40
Pinellas Park
Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
7790 61st St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone: (727) 574-5437
Capacity: 250
NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg St. Vincent DePaul will be provided by Boley, Inc.  
St. Petersburg
Northwest Presbyterian

6330 54th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL  33706
Church Phone: (727) 544-4551         
Capacity: 75
Salvation Army
1400 4th St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL  33701    
Phone: (727) 822-4954         
Capacity: 25
The Turning Point
1810 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: (727) 823-7811
Capacity: 25
Tarpon Springs
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church
812 E. Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: (727) 479-2914
Capacity: 45          

Families with children will be placed in motels on cold nights. Call one of the following family coordinators to make arrangements:

Clearwater:                                        Chris Bowers (727) 251-6691
                                                            Dan Mettee (727) 798-0035
St Petersburg/Pinellas Park:          Jim Leiby (727) 433-2115
Tarpon Springs:                               Mary Delasin (727) 479-2914
Tampa Bay Cares:                           2-1-1 (select option 3, then option 3 again)

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