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Cold weather shelters opening across Tampa Bay Tuesday

A freeze warning has been issued in Hernando County, and temperatures will be 40 degrees and below around Tampa Bay.
Michael Stevens, 28, left, works to stay warm with friend Cash Holland, 21, right, outside the Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs' cold night shelter on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Cold weather shelters are opening on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in advance of temperatures dropping to 40 degrees and below.
Michael Stevens, 28, left, works to stay warm with friend Cash Holland, 21, right, outside the Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs' cold night shelter on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Cold weather shelters are opening on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in advance of temperatures dropping to 40 degrees and below. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes ]
Published Dec. 1, 2020
Updated Dec. 1, 2020

With temperatures expected to dip to 40 degrees and below across Tampa Bay Tuesday and Wednesday, shelters are opening across the region.

The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Alliance and Learning Empowered will open shelters Tuesday night, beginning at 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Guests will be accepted all night, according to a news release. The shelters will close at 6 a.m. Wednesday and are available to adults. Families with children should call Tampa Bay Cares at 2-1-1 for information about family housing.

Hillsborough County will open shelters Tuesday to the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat, according to a new release. Shelters will be at limited capacity to comply with social distancing recommendations and guests will be screened upon entry. Residents and volunteers are required to wear face coverings while inside the shelter. Dinner and breakfast will be served in single-service containers, the release said.

A limited number of single-night motel vouchers are also available in Hillsborough on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required and guests must call before 5 p.m. Women and families can call (813) 209-1222. Men can call (813) 209-1056. And single men and couples without children can call (813) 402-8871.

Hernando County issued a freeze warning for 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday morning as the forecast called for temperatures as low as 28. Shelter is available in the county through Jericho Road Ministries and social distancing and face coverings are required, according to a news release.

Assistance is also available in Pasco County, where shelters will open around 5 p.m. Tuesday and close at 8 a.m. Wednesday. To make arrangements, guests should call the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County at (727) 809-1249 for families and Metropolitan Ministries at (813)209-4860 for adults.

Pinellas County Shelters:

Dr. Martin Luther King Neighborhood Center, 1201 Douglas Ave., Clearwater. 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Salvation Army, 1400 4th St. South, St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

The Turning Point, 1810 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. North, Pinellas Park, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs, 111 W Lime St., Tarpon Spring, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Hillsborough County Shelters:

Amazing Love Ministries, 3304 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa. Opens at 6 p.m.

Hernando County Shelters:

Men’s shelter: 1090 Mondon Hill Road, Brooksville.

Women’s shelter: Mary’s House, 1163 Howell Avenue, Brooksville.