Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters to Open Tonight, Jan. 9
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2019) - Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 9, for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. Pets also are welcome at the Jackson Springs shelter location. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to or below 40 degrees with wind chill in Hillsborough County on Wednesday night.
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 shelters reach capacity 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
Location opens at 6:30 p.m. for adults
Phone: (813) 253-5388
Media interviews available at this location only
Covenant Family Church, 6321 U.S. 301 S. in Riverview
Opening at 6 p.m. as a shelter 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
Opening its gym today at 6 p.m. for families and single women. Guests should enter off Tampa Street on the south side of the building. This shelter is in place of providing motel vouchers for families.
After-hours phone: (813) 209-1077
Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
Location available for adults
After-hours phone: (813) 226-0055
A limited quantity 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, 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.
For more information, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.