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Temporary Cold Night Shelter Open Tonight Through Thursday

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours the evenings of Monday, Jan. 10; Tuesday, Jan. 11; Wednesday, Jan. 12; and Thursday, Jan. 13; a team of area human service agencies, local government and the faith-based community will once again open the temporary cold night shelter, which is located at the former Belle Vue Middle School, 2214 Belle Vue Way.

Any adult who needs temporary shelter from cold weather at nighttime
may stay at the Belle Vue shelter, which will be open tonight, Jan. 10,
through Thursday, Jan. 13. The temporary cold night shelter, which is
located in the school's gymnasium, is coordinated by the Big Bend
Homeless Coalition. It opens at 8 p.m. and remains open overnight,
closing the following morning at 7 a.m.

The facility is open to adults only. A temporary shelter telephone
line, (850) 205-6030, offers a recording of the cold night shelter's
status on any given evening. Officials will reconvene throughout the
week to discuss shelter operations beyond Thursday. Families with
children are advised to proceed to The Shelter, located at 480 W.
Tennessee St.

StarMetro, the City of Tallahassee's mass transit system, provides
transportation between The Shelter on West Tennessee Street and the
temporary location at Belle Vue Middle School, when open. Two trips are
scheduled, with departures from The Shelter at 8:30 p.m. and a second at
9:30 p.m. if required. Return trips to The Shelter from the temporary
location depart the following morning at 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Volunteers from the local faith-based community continue to provide
assistance at the Belle Vue location. Snacks and water will be available
for those staying the night. The facility has showers available in
addition to cots and blankets being provided by the Capital Area Chapter
of the American Red Cross. Security is maintained by staff from the Big
Bend Homeless Coalition.

For more information or for volunteer opportunities at the temporary
cold night shelter location, including donations of food, towels, other
supplies and funding, please call the Big Bend Homeless Coalition at
205-6021 or 205-6005, or visit the Coalition's website at
www.bigbendhc.org.


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