Cold weather shelters opening Thursday across Tampa Bay area

(WFLA) – Tampa Bay area counties are opening cold weather shelters on Thursday 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.

The following shelters are open in Hernando County. Individuals who need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries for assistance.

  • Men’s Shelter
    1090 Mondon Hill Road
    Brooksville, FL 34605
    Phone: (352) 799-2912 ext.103
  • Women’s Shelter
    Mary’s House’

    1163 Howell Avenue
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    Phone: (352) 799-2912 ext.109

The following shelter will be open in Highlands County Thursday at 7 p.m. through 8 a.m. Friday morning:

  • Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center Conference Room #1
    4509 George Blvd.
    Sebring, FL 33875

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