Cold Weather Shelters Open Tonight: 12/05/2018

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures including wind chill in Hillsborough County to dip below the activation threshold this evening. Therefore, Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open Wednesday, December 05, 2018 for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat.

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

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

Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606
Location available at 6:30 p.m. for adults.
Phone: (813) 253-5388

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

Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Single men and women.
After hours phone: (813) 221-4440

Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Families may receive hotel vouchers before 5 p.m.
After hours phone: (813) 209-1077

*A limited number of pet supplies will be available  All pets must be leashed, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to bring their own crates, food, blankets, and any medication for their pets. Additionally, the transportation available to the cold weather shelter will be able to transport the pets.

Transportation
Individuals who need transportation to a cold weather shelter should call (813) 272-7272 between 4:00 and 7:00 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.

Donations Needed
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.  Donations may be dropped off at any of the Cold Weather Shelter locations.

Additional Weather Safety Information
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.

Hillsborough County operates the Cold Weather Shelters.  All questions about Cold Weather Shelters should be directed to Hillsborough County

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