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Cold weather shelters to open throughout Tampa Bay

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Be sure to cover vulnerable plants so they are not harmed during the cold snap. Be sure to cover vulnerable plants so they are not harmed during the cold snap.
Cold weather shelters will open throughout the Tampa Bay area again on Tuesday because of a cold front in the area. Cold temperatures are expected to continue through Wednesday.

The low temperatures and wind chills could be 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.

Below is a county-by-county list of cold weather shelters along with special services that will be offered during the cold snap.

Pasco County-

The following shelters will open at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 and will remain open through Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Community Congregational Church
located at 6533 Circle Drive, New Port Richey. No families at this location, (727)-597-0428
The Holy Ground Shelter, 8835 Denton Avenue, Hudson, families accepted at this location.

For Shelter in East Pasco Call 813-810-8670

Pasco County Transportation provides service to cold weather shelters via routes 14, 21, 30 free of charge. Riders should tell the driver when boarding they are en route to a cold weather shelter.

Windmoor Healthcare is offering free cab service to anyone in need of a lift to the various cold weather shelters in Pasco. To utilize this free service, please call Windmoor @ 727-548-5733.United Way is going to provide cold weather hotel sheltering for families with children through Metropolitan Ministries. Families with children needing shelter tonight and tomorrow night on the West side of the county should call Dan Campbell at 727-385-4170.

Hardee County-   

Hardee County Emergency Management is working with the First Christian Church on the opening of a cold weather shelter. If you become aware of anyone that needs this shelter, please contact Emergency Management staff for information (863) 773-6373.

Hernando County-

Hernando residents that need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries. A men's shelter is located at 1090 Mondon Hill Rd., Brooksville, (352) 799-2912 ext. 103, Women's shelter is located at 1163 Howell Ave., Brooksville, (352) 799-2912 ext. 109.

Hillsborough County-

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will Monday, Jan. 6 for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.

Brandon Community Center
, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon. This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area. Phone (813) 635-8179

Metropolitan Ministries
, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa. Metropolitan Ministries will provide motel vouchers for families starting at 4 p.m. 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

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

Pinellas County-

Shelters will be open Jan. 6 and 7. Shelters open at 6 p.m. and will accept guests all night long. Shelters will 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.

Clearwater Primary Shelter is for adult men and women (capacity 75) located at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.,  (727) 442-3677.

Clearwater Back-up Shelter
(capacity 45) located at St Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, (727) 447-3494.

Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast (capacity 150) , 7790 61st Street North, ( 727) 574-5437. NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St Petersburg will be provided by Boley, Inc.

St. Petersburg Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. North, (727) 544-4551, Capacity: 75

St. Petersburg Salvation Army (capacity 25), 1400 4th Street South, (727) 822-4954.         

St Petersburg, The Turning Point (capacity 25), 1810 5th Ave. North, (727) 823-7811

Tarpon Springs, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 E. Tarpon Avenue (capacity 25)        

Families will be placed in motels on cold nights.  Call Sarah Snyder or Cliff Smith to make arrangements for a family; Sarah Snyder (727) 424-1355, (727) 528-5762; Cliff Smith (727) 698-1809, (727) 893-7627.

Polk County-

Winter Haven American Red Cross is opening a cold weather shelter beginning at 6 p.m. this evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 535 Ave. M Northwest.

The Salvation Army in Lakeland, only provides shelter for families with children. Any family (single mother with children, single father with children, married couples with children) will be accommodated in the shelter with cots. Dinner will be provided for families who check in by 5 p.m. This shelter will accept families into the night. Morning check-out is 7:30 a.m. The Salvation Army Center of Hope is located at 830 N. Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland. For questions about this shelter please call 863-682-8179 ext. 226.

Talbot House in Lakeland, in partnership with the Salvation Army, also provides cold night accommodations to singles (men and women). The Talbot House is located in Lakeland at 814 N. Kentucky Ave. For additional. For questions about this shelter please call 863-687-8475.

Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland provides shelter to men only. Lighthouse Ministries is located at 117 E. Magnolia Street in Lakeland. For questions about this shelter please call 863-687-4076.

For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit

Sarasota and Charlotte County-

Sarasota County and Charlotte County Emergency Management have coordinated with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need. The following shelters will be open today at 6 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.:

Sarasota Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St.

Venice Center of Hope Church, 1216 East Venice Ave.

Englewood St. David's Episcopal Church, 401 South Broadway.

North Port New Hope Community Church, 5600 South Biscayne Dr.

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