Cold weather shelters open in Tampa Bay area

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –– Some Tampa Bay area counties opened cold weather shelters to keep people warm while a cold front is in the area.

The cold front arrived late Saturday. Many residents in the Tampa Bay area woke up to temperatures in the 30s on Sunday, which felt even colder because of wind chill.

“Normally this time of year, temperatures are right around 70 degrees, but we won’t even make it to 60 today,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth. Check the STORM TEAM 8 forecast here. 

The Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday issued a high-wind advisory for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

The following counties have released information about cold weather shelters that will open

Pinellas County Cold Night Shelters

The cold night shelters for the homeless will be open on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8

The shelters open between 6 and 6:30 p.m. (Peace Memorial opens at 5 p.m.), accept guests all night long, and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.  Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night, and breakfast the following morning. We will advise you should they open on additional nights. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cliff Smith at (727) 893-7627 (office) or (727) 698-1809 (cell).

Adult Men and Women


Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church-Primary Shelter

110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL  33756

Church Phone: (727) 446-3001

Capacity:  110

Note: This shelter opens at 5 p.m.

St. Cecelia Catholic Church-Back-up Shelter

820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL  33756

Church Phone:  (727) 447-3494

Note:  functions as a back-up shelter when Peace Memorial is full. This shelter may not open if Peace Memorial does not reach full capacity.

St. Petersburg

Salvation Army

1400 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL  33701

Phone: (727) 822-4954

Capacity: 50

The Turning Point

1810 5th Avenue N

St. Petersburg, FL  33713

Phone:  (727) 823-7811

Capacity 25

Northwest Presbyterian Church

6330 54th Ave. North

St. Petersburg, FL  33706

Church Phone: (727) 544-4551

Capacity: 75

Tarpon Springs

First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs

501 E. Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL  34689

Phone:  (727) 937-3271

Capacity:  40

Families with Children

Families will be placed in family shelters on cold nights.  Families should call 2-1-1 to make these arrangements.

Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters

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.

Sarasota County Cold Weather Shelters

A predicted drop in temperatures to the low 30s has Sarasota County Emergency Management officials reminding residents to be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside.

“It is important that the community prepare for colder than usual conditions by taking precautions to protect their homes, families and pets,” stressed Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.

Sarasota County has coordinated with the Salvation Army and Faith Based Partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need. The following shelters will be open Saturday-

North County

Salvation Army – Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St., Sarasota.
The Salvation Army’s front porch opens at 4 p.m., with intake expected to begin at 6:30 p.m.; the front porch will re-open at 4:30 a.m. and remain open until 5 a.m., when the welcome center opens.

South County

Grace United Methodist Church, 400 East Field Ave., Venice, will open at 5 p.m.

New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 8:30 p.m.

Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.

Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their home as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices, so extreme caution is advised.

“Never use propane or gas heaters indoors and be sure that electric space heaters are free from obstructions and are not located where they can be knocked over by children or pets. Always keep all flammable objects away from any heating devices,” said McCrane.

For more information visit the county’s website at, keyword “All Hazards.”


Following coordination with Sarasota County Emergency Management, Grace United Methodist Church will open tonight as a cold weather shelter. The church is located at 400 East Field Avenue, Venice. It will open at 5:00 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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