Temperatures are dropping for the next several days and cold weather shelters will open to help the homeless or people who live in homes without sufficient heat.
Hillsborough County has coordinated the opening of five cold weather shelters for Wednesday and tonight. If temperatures remain low, the shelters will also be open on Friday.
The locations of the shelters are: Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St., Brandon; Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town ‘N Country; and Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma.
All shelters are for families except the Salvation Army, which is for adults only.
Metropolitan Ministries and Salvation Army open at 4 p.m. Brandon Community Center and Wimauma Community Center open at 6 p.m. Jackson Springs Recreation Center opens at 6:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army receives the most people. Last week, a total of 534 adults stayed at the Salvation Army on January 6 and January 7. When capacity exceeds 132 people on one night, Salvation Army staff transport guests to Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St. Tampa, where they can sleep in a gymnasium.