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Friday, March 7, 2014
City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Through Weekend
~ Cold Weather Day Warming Site Open Today, Saturday and Sunday ~
The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, March 7, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees during this time period. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building, 501 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.
The Cold Weather Day Warming site is open today, and will open tomorrow, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 as daytime temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees during this period. The Cold Weather Day Warming site will be closed Monday, March 10. Commonwealth Catholic Charities operates the day warming site at 511 West Grace Street. The warming site is open from 6 a.m. until noon.
Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. today for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.
The City’s Department of Social Services (DSS) provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.
The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 11:50 AM