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Posted January 8, 2017 | 10:02 AM

Cold Weather Shelters Open Tonight, January 8

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2017) -Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open tonight, Sunday, Jan. 8 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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