Cold weather shelters open up across Tampa Bay

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Cold weather shelters will open on Monday night in preparation for near freezing temperatures in Tampa Bay overnight. 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to near freezing in Hillsborough County tonight.

Individuals who need transportation to a cold weather shelter should call (813) 272-7272 between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to arrange a ride. 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.

Hillsborough County partners with the following organizations to provide cold weather shelters:

Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
Opens at 6 p.m. for individuals and families
Phone: (813) 635-8179
Media interviews available at this location only

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

Hands of Hope Outreach at New Hope @ the Cornerstone, 310 N. Collins St. in Plant City
Opens at 6 p.m. for individuals and families
Phone: (813) 323-4013

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

Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This location is where families go for motel vouchers before 5 p.m.
After hours phone: (813) 209-1077

Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Open now for adults
After hours phone: (813) 221-4440

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

The lower-than-normal temperatures combined with strong winds could produce dangerous wind chills. Residents who must be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers, and limit skin exposure to the wind. 

Beginning, January 3, pets will be welcome at two Hillsborough County cold weather shelter locations

The two Hillsborough County pet-friendly shelters are:

Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
Opens at 6 p.m. for individuals and families, and their pets
Phone: (813) 635-8179
Media interviews available at this location only

Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
Opens at 6 p.m. for individuals and families, and their pets
Phone: (813) 554-5004
 
A limited number of pet supplies will be available at the two pet-friendly shelters. All pets must be leashed, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to bring their own crates, food, blankets, and any medication for their pets.

PASCO COUNTY

As extremely cold air continues to move through our area, Pasco County is opening Cold Weather Shelters for the next five (5) nights – Tuesday, January 2, 2018 through Saturday, January 6, 2018 – for anyone needing a warm place to spend the night.
 
The following shelters will open at 6 p.m. each evening and will close the following morning at 7 a.m.:

Shelters:

In West Pasco:
FAMILIES ONLY - Call The United Way at 2-1-1
INDIVIDUALS - Joining Hands Missions, 3333 U.S. Hwy 19 N, Suite 1, Holiday /
727.215.8084

In East Pasco:
Restored Hope - call 352.437.4815 before 6:00 p.m. daily. (Limited service.)
Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills - call 813.810.8670 before 9:00 p.m. daily
(Limited service; no pets.)

Temperatures are expected to fall into the low 30’s and upper 20’s Tuesday through Saturday night.  These low temperatures and wind chills are dangerous to anyone who will be outside for long periods of time.  Children, the elderly and pets are especially vulnerable to the cold and extra care should be taken to protect them.

CITRUS COUNTY

The Salvation Army Cold Night Shelter will be OPEN tonight - January 3, 2018 and very likely for the rest of the week through Friday unless conditions change.  The shelter will be open from 7:00p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and is located at 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL  34461.

SARASOTA COUNTY

Sarasota County Emergency Management has coordinated with the  county's municipalities, the Salvation Army and faith-based partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need. The following shelters will be open.

North County

Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 10th St., Sarasota.

The Salvation Army will conduct its normal cold weather operation plan Tuesday through Friday, which includes the front porch opening at 4 p.m., with intake expected to begin at 6:30 p.m.; the front porch will re-open at 4:30 a.m. and remain open until 5 a.m., when the welcome center opens. 

South County

Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, will open at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A hot meal will be provided.

New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.

Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their home, as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices, so extreme caution is advised.

PINELLAS COUNTY

The Pinellas County cold night shelters for the homeless will be open on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. There is a possibility the shelters may open on Friday evening as well if it remains cold.

The shelters open between 6 and 6:30 p.m. (Peace Memorial opens at 5 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.

2018 Cold Night Shelters (Adult Men and Women)

Clearwater

Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL  33756
Church Phone: (727) 446-3001
Capacity:  110
Note: This shelter opens at 5 p.m.                       

St. Petersburg

Northwest Presbyterian Church               
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: 50

The Turning Point
1810 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: (727) 823-7811
Capacity: 25

My Place in Recovery
1655 16th St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Capacity: 20

Pinellas Park

Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
7790 61st St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL  33781
Phone (727) 547-5437
Capacity:  150

Tarpon Springs

First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs
501 E. Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL  34689
Phone:  (727) 937-3271
Capacity:  40

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Families will be placed in family shelters on cold nights.  Families should call 2-1-1 to make these arrangements.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

County Emergency Management wis opening a cold weather shelter at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center Conference Room #3 at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night until 8:)0 a.m. Thursday morning. The shelter may be open on consecutive nights if forecasts dictate the need. The shelter is at 4509 George Blvd. in Sebring.

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