Cold Weather Shelters
Posted January 14, 2018 | 9:33 AM

County Cold Weather Shelters to Open Tonight, January 13

Pets Welcome at Brandon and Town 'N Country Shelter Locations

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Saturday, January 13, for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. Pets are also welcome at the Brandon and Town 'N Country shelter locations. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to or below 40 degrees with wind chill in Hillsborough County tonight.

Individuals, including pet owners, who need transportation to a cold weather shelter should call the Hillsborough County Sunshine Line at (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 their pets
    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, and their pets
    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) 226-0055

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

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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