Cold weather shelters opening Wednesday in Tampa Bay area

(WFLA) – Tampa Bay area counties are opening cold weather shelters on Wednesday for anyone needing a warm place to spend the night.

These shelters will open in Hillsborough County:

  • 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
  • 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

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.

These shelters will open in Sarasota County:

  • Salvation Army – Center of Hope, 1400 10th St. in Sarasota
    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.
  • New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr. in North Port
    Opens at  7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave. in Venice,
    Opens at  5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

These shelters will open at 6 p.m. Saturday and will close at 7 a.m. Sunday in Pasco County:

In West Pasco:

  • Families: Call The United Way at 2-1-1
  • Individuals: Joining Hands Mission, 3333 U.S. Hwy 19 N, Suite 1, Holiday, 727-215-8084

In East Pasco:

  • Restored Hope: Call 352-437-4815 before 6:00 p.m. Saturday. (Limited service)
  • Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills: Call 813-810-8670 before 9:00 p.m. Saturday. (Limited service, no pets)
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