Cold Weather Shelters Open TONIGHT, Tues. March 5, 2019

Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 5, 2019) – Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Tuesday, March 5, for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. There are now six shelters across Hillsborough County including a new location at Amazing Love Ministries. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to or below 40 degrees with wind chill in Hillsborough County early Wednesday morning.

Individuals, including pet owners, who need transportation to a cold weather shelter should call the Hillsborough County Sunshine Line to arrange a ride at (813) 272-7272 from 4 p.m. until capacity is reached or until 7 p.m., whichever occurs first. 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:

Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St. in Tampa
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults
Phone: (813) 347-8333
Media interviews available at this location only

Amazing Love Ministries
3304 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults

Covenant Family Church, 6321 U.S. 301 S. in Riverview
Opens at 6 p.m. for adults
Phone: (813) 716-3996

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

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

Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Gym opens at 6 p.m. for families and single women. Guests should enter off Tampa Street on the south side of the building.
After-hours phone: (813) 209-1077

A limited number of pet supplies will be available at the pet-friendly shelter. All pets must be leashed, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to bring their own crates, food, blankets, and any medication for their pets.

If an organization is interested in hosting a cold weather shelter or volunteering at a shelter this season, please contact Julie Watkinson, Community Relations Coordinator, at (813) 276-2677 for more information.

All cold weather shelters are also accepting donations, such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, disinfectant wipes and spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, sugar, bottled water, and breakfast/protein bars.

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

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