Hillsborough County to Open Cold Shelters

Temperatures to approach freezing tonight

Hillsborough County, in anticipation of tonight’s cold weather, will open their cold shelters on Wednesday night for those without adequate heating or homes.

Forecasts call for the temperature to drop to as low as 32 degrees overnight.  Wind chills will dip well below that number, making for dangerous conditions.

Pets will be welcome at some of the shelters (listed below) for those without heat who also have pets.  All pets must be on a leash, and limited supplies will be available.

For those stranded who could not otherwise make it to the shelters, a ride can be arranged by calling the Hillsborough County Sunshine Line at (813) 272-7272 between 5:30 and 8:00 PM.

The following shelters will be open tonight:

– 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

All cold weather shelters are also accepting donations.

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