Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters to Open Tonight – January 3, 2018

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Tuesday, January 2, 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 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

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.

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