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Cold weather shelters open in Tampa Bay area

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Cold weather shelters will be open over the next few days for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.

The cold temperatures and low wind chill are dangerous to anyone who will be outside for a long period of time. Residents 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.

Shelters will be open Wednesday at the following locations:

Hillsborough County

  • 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, 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
Hillsborough County Sunshine Line announced it will begin a pilot program to offer transportation to various cold weather shelters on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at no cost to individuals who are homeless or live in homes without adequate heat.

Individuals who need transportation assistance to a cold weather shelter in Hillsborough County, should call 813-276-8136 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. to arrange a ride.

Hernando County

  • Men's Shelter located at 1090 Mondon Hill Road, Brooksville, (352) 799-2912 ext. 103
  • Women's Shelter located at 1163 Howell Ave, Brooksville, (352) 799-2912 ext. 103

Pasco County

  • Community Congregational Church 6533 Circle Drive, New Port Richey (727) 597-0428. **No Families Contact The Samaritan Project (813) 810-8670
  • The Holy Ground Shelter 8835 Denton Avenue, Hudson. **Families Accepted Contact Restored Hope. (716) 228-1004. Families only and families with children ONLY. Contact Dan Campbell with Metropolitan Ministries (727) 385-4170.
  • For additional shelter information or for future scheduled shelter openings, please contact the United Way at 2-1-1.

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

In addition, Windmoor Healthcare is offering free cab service to anyone in need of a lift to the various cold weather shelters in Pasco once the temperature falls below 40 degrees. To utilize this free service, please call Windmoor Healthcare at 727-548-5733.

Polk County

  • The American Red Cross is opening cold weather shelters beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. If there are no arrivals by 11:59 p.m., the shelters will close.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church - 535 Ave. M. Northwest, Winter Haven
  • First Presbyterian Church - 16 N 3rd Street, Lake Wales.
  • The Salvation Army - 830 N. Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland. The location 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. For questions about this shelter please call 863-682-8179 ext. 226.
  • Talbot House - 814 N. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland. Opereates in partnership with the Salvation Army and provides cold night accommodations to singles (men and women). For questions about this shelter please call 863-687-8475.
  • Lighthouse Ministries - 117 E. Magnolia Street, Lakeland. Provides shelter to MEN ONLY. For questions about this shelter please call 863-687-4076.Sarasota County

Sarasota County

  • Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St., Sarasota, FL 34236
  • St. David's Episcopal Church, 401 South Broadway, Englewood, FL 34223, will open at 6 p.m.
  • New Hope Community Church, 5600 South Biscayne Dr., North Port, FL 34287, will open at 7 p.m.

Pinellas County (Shelters will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Pinellas Co):
  • Clearwater Primary Shelter: Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church 110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33756. Church Phone: 442-3677. Capacity: 75
  • Clearwater Back-up Shelter: St Cecelia Catholic Church 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756. Church Phone: 447-3494. Capacity: 45
  • Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Phone: 574-5437 Capacity: 150. NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St Petersburg will be provided by Boley, Inc.
  • St. Petersburg Northern Presbyterian Church 6330 54th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33706. Church Phone: 544-4551. Capacity: 75
  • Salvation Army 1400 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Phone: 822-4954. Capacity: 25
  • The Turning Point 1810 5th Ave. North, St Petersburg, FL 33713. Phones: 823-7811. Capacity: 25
  • Tarpon Springs St Timothy’s Lutheran Church 812 E. Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. Capacity: 25
  • Families with Children: 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 (c) or (727) 528-5762 (o), Cliff Smith (727) 698-1809 (c) or (727) 893-7627 (o)
Shelters accepting donations:

The Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center, and Wimauma Community Center are also accepting donations of shelter supplies, such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils and sugar. Donations may be dropped off at shelter sites Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 8 p.m. The Wimauma site will collect donations at the Ruskin Region Center, 901 Sixth St. SE. in Ruskin.


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