Several area counties opened emergency cold night shelters Monday ahead of nights that should bring below-freezing temperatures.
In Hillsborough County, shelters will open between 4 and 6:30 p.m. for the homeless and those who live in homes without heat.
Opening at 4 p.m. in Tampa are Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N Florida Ave., and the Salvation Army, 1514 N Florida Ave. Metropolitan Ministries' shelter is for families. Its after-hours telephone number is (813) 209-1077. The Salvation Army is for adults only. Call (813) 221-4440.
Opening at 6 p.m. is the Brandon Community Center, 510 E Sadie St., (813) 635-8179, which is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon area, and the Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., (813) 635-3500, which is for adults and families.
In western Hillsborough, the Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country, opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families. Call (813) 554-5064.
Hillsborough officials said the Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center and Wimauma Community Center also are accepting donations of shelter supplies such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils and sugar. Prospective donors should contact each shelter directly.
In Pinellas County, shelters will open at 6 p.m., accept guests all night and remain open until about 6 a.m. Adults will find a hot dinner, warm bed and breakfast.
North county shelters are at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater; Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast at 7790 61st St. N in Pinellas Park (transportation to and from this location from downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley Inc.); and Timothy's Lutheran Church at 812 E Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs.
St. Petersburg havens are at Northwest Presbyterian Church at 6330 54th Ave. N, the Salvation Army at 1400 Fourth St. S, and the Turning Point at 1810 Fifth Ave. N.
Families will be directed to motel rooms for the night. Call Sarah Snyder at (727) 528-5762 or Cliff Smith at (727) 893-7627 to make arrangements for a family.
In Citrus County, the Salvation Army building at 712 School Ave. in Lecanto will open as a shelter. The county transit system will pick up people on the east side at the Family Resource Center, at 2435 N Florida Ave. in Hernando, at 6:25 p.m. Monday. For west side residents, a pickup is planned for 6:11 p.m. at the Citrus Community Outreach Center at 9020 W Atlas Drive in Homosassa. Dropoff at the Salvation Army building will be about 7 p.m. Return transportation will be offered Tuesday morning.
In Hernando County, those needing shelter from the cold can contact Jericho Road Ministries in Brooksville. The men's shelter is at 1090 Monday Hill Road and can be reached at (352) 799-2912, ext. 103. The women's shelter is at 1163 Howell Ave. and can be reached at (352) 799-2912, ext. 109.
In Pasco County, shelters open Monday and Tuesday include Community Congregational Church at 6533 Circle Drive in New Port Richey, which will not accept families, and the Holy Ground Shelter at 8835 Denton Ave. in Hudson, which is open to families. Pasco County Transportation provides service to cold weather shelters via Routes 14, 21, 30 free of charge. Riders are asked to tell the driver that they are en route to a cold weather shelter. For shelter in East Pasco call (813) 810-8670.