Posted January 7, 2017 | 9:51 AM

Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters to Open Tonight

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2017) - Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Saturday, January 7, for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to below 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:

  • 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
    Media interviews available at this location only

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

  • Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
    Opens at 6 p.m. for individuals and families
    Phone: (813) 635-8179

  • 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

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.

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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