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Cold weather shelters will be open Friday, this weekend

low temperatures on map of Tampa area
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network
Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s over the weekend.

Cold weather shelters are opening in the greater Tampa Bay region this weekend as a cold front moves through.

Ahead of temperatures that are expected to drop into the 30s and 40s this weekend, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties plans to open cold weather shelters this weekend.

The Pinellas shelters are available Friday and Saturday nights to adult men and women in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg. They're expected to open at either 6 or 7 each night.

Families with children who need shelter should call Tampa Bay Cares at 2-1-1 for more information.

Pinellas County
Tarpon Springs

  • Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs
    111 W Lime Street, Tarpon Springs, FL  34689
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.


  • The Refuge Outreach Church
    606 Alden Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33755
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • First United Methodist Church of Clearwater
    411 Turner Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Pinellas Park

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
    7790 61st Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.
    Please Note: Transportation will be provided from St. Pete First United Methodist Church (212 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg) and St. Vincent de Paul (384 15th St. N, St. Petersburg) beginning at 5:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg

  • Northwest Presbyterian Church
    6330 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL  33709
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Salvation Army
    1400 4th Street S., St. Petersburg, FL  33701    
    Hours: 7 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
  • The Turning Point
    1810 5th Ave. N., St Petersburg, FL 33713
    Hours: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Hillsborough County

Shelters will be open Friday through Sunday for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat. Availability of motel vouchers will be limited because of a busy event weekend. Both shelters open at 6 p.m. for adults.

  • The Portico
    1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
  • Amazing Love Ministries
    3304 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL 33605

Also, Metropolitan Ministries and Tampa Crossroads are supplying a limited number of single-night motel vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. Individuals and families can call (813) 209-1176. Individuals and couples without children can call (813) 702-0850. Phone lines close at 5 p.m.

Pasco County

Pasco County is coordinating with the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County to provide shelters on both sides of the county Saturday and Sunday.

To make arrangements for either Friday or Saturday night, call the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County at (727) 842-8605, Extension 6, on Friday until 4 p.m., or Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

Hernando County

Anyone needing shelter should contact Jericho Road Ministries from 4-6 p.m.

Men's shelter:

  • 1010 Mondon Hill Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. Call: (352) 799-2912, Option 2

Women's Shelter:

  • 1163 Howell Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601. Call: (352) 799-2912, Option 3
Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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