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Cold weather shelters open in Hillsborough County

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-20 16:39:05-05

The weather is expected to dip below 40 degrees tonight so cold weather shelters are open in Hillsborough County.

These are the locations:

Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St. in Tampa
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults
Phone: (813) 253-5388

Covenant Family Church, 6321 U.S. 301 S. in Riverview
Open at 6 p.m. as a shelter for adults
Phone: (813) 716-3996

Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults and their pets
Phone: (813) 554-5004

Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St. in Wimauma
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults
Phone: (813) 671-7672

Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Gym opens today at 6 p.m. for families and single women. Guests should enter off Tampa Street on the south side of the building.
After-hours phone: (813) 209-1077

Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Location available for adults. Doors open at 6 p.m.
After-hours phone: (813) 226-0055

A limited number of pet supplies will be available at the pet-friendly shelter. All pets must be leashed, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to bring their own crates, food, blankets, and any medication for their pets.

All cold weather shelters are also accepting donations, such as: hats, gloves, scarves, socks, disinfectant wipes and spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, sugar, bottled water, and breakfast/protein bars.

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Individuals, including pet owners, who need transportation to a cold weather shelter should call the Hillsborough County Sunshine Line to arrange a ride at 813-272-7272 from 4 p.m. until capacity is reached or until 7 p.m., whichever occurs first. Officials recommend calling for a ride only if you are stranded in the cold weather, or live in a home without adequate heat and are physically unable to get to a shelter.