Cold weather shelters open around Tampa Bay

12:14 AM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa Bay, Florida -- Cold weather from the "polar vortex" continues Tuesday with temps only reaching the upper 40's Tuesday and will drop into the low to mid-30's tonight. As a result, cold weather shelters will be open again for those who need a warm place to stay.

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Below you can find info on shelter openings in Tampa Bay which we will be updating throughout the day.


  • Jericho Road Ministries Men's Shelter
    1090 Mondon Hill Road
    Brooksville, FL 34605
    Phone: 352-799-2912 ext. 103
    Call for hours and info
  • Jericho Road Ministries Women's Shelter
    1163 Howell Avenue
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    Phone: 352-799-2912 ext. 109
    Call for hours and info


  • Brandon Community Center
    510 E. Sadie St., Brandon
    Phone: 813-635-8179
    Hours: Shelter opens at 6 p.m.; accepts families in Brandon area
  • Jackson Springs Recreation Center
    8620 Jackson Springs Rd., Town 'N Country
    Phone: 813-554-5064
    Hours: Shelter opens at 6:30 p.m.; accepts families
  • Metropolitan Ministries
    2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa
    Phone: 813-209-1077 (after hours)
    Hours: Shelter opens at 4 p.m.; accepts families and provides meal vouchers
  • Salvation Army
    1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa
    Phone: 813-221-4440
    Hours: Shelter opens at 4 p.m.; adults only
  • Wimauma Community Center
    5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma
    Phone: 813-635-3500
    Hours: Shelter opens at 6 p.m.; accepts families


  • United Way - Metropolitan Ministries will provide cold weather hotel sheltering for families with children
    Phone: 727-845-3030
  • Community Congregational Church
    6533 Circle Drive
    New Port Richey, FL
    Phone: 727-597-0428
    Note: No families
  • The Holy Ground Shelter
    8835 Denton Avenue
    Hudson, FL
    Note: Families accepted

For shelter in East Pasco call 813-810-8670. Families with children needing shelter tonight and tomorrow night on the west side of the county should call Dan Campbell at 727-385-4170.  

Pasco County Transportation provides service to cold weather shelters via routes 14, 21, 30 free of charge. Riders should tell the driver when boarding they are en route to a cold weather shelter.

Windmoor Healthcare is offering FREE CAB SERVICE to anyone in need of a lift to the various cold weather shelters in Pasco. To utilize this FREE SERVICE, please call Windmoor at 727-548-5733. 


The following shelters will open at 6 p.m.

Guests will be accepted all night long until they close the following morning at 6 a.m.

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. 

Pinellas shelters are located at:

  • Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church (primary shelter)
    110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33756
    Church Phone: 442-3677
    Capacity: 75
  • St Cecelia Catholic Church (backup shelter)
    820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756
    Church Phone: 447-3494
    Capacity: 45
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
    7790 61st Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
    Phone: 574-5437
    Capacity: 150
    Note: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley, Inc.
  • Northwest Presbyterian Church
    6330 54th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33706
    Church Phone: 544-4551
    Capacity: 75
  • Salvation Army
    1400 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    Phone: 822-4954
    Capacity: 25
  • The Turning Point
    1810 5th Ave. North, St Petersburg, FL 33713
    Phone: 823-7811
    Capacity: 25
  • St Timothy's Lutheran Church
    812 E. Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
    Capacity: 25


Families will be placed in motels on cold nights.  Call Sarah Snyder or Cliff Smith to make arrangements for a family:

Sarah Snyder: (727) 424-1355 (c) or (727) 528-5762 (o) 
Cliff Smith: (727) 698-1809 (c) or (727) 893-7627 (o)


  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope
    830 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland
    Phone: 863-682-8179 ext. 226
    Note: Accepts families with children only. Dinner will be provided for families who check in by 5 p.m. Morning check-in is 7:30 a.m.
  • Talbot House
    814 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
    Phone: 863-687-8475
    Note: Single men and women only
  • Lighthouse Ministries
    117 E. Magnolia Street, Lakeland
    Phone: 863-687-4076.
    Note: Men only!


The following shelters will be open Monday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Jan. 7

Salvation Army - Center of Hope
1400 Tenth St., Sarasota, FL 34236 

Center of Hope Church
1216 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

St. David's Episcopal Church
401 South Broadway, Englewood, FL 34223

North Port
New Hope Community Church
5600 South Biscayne Dr., North Port, FL 34287

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the All Hazards web site at

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