Cold Weather Shelters Open Tonight – January 13, 2018

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open Saturday, January 13, 2018 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 each of these nights.

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 and pets (see below*)
Phone: (813) 635-8179

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

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 adult
After hours phone: (813) 221-4440

*A limited number of pet supplies will be available at the two pet-friendly shelters (Brandon Community Center and Jackson Springs Recreation Center). 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 these two cold weather shelters will be able to transport the pets.

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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