Temporary Cold Night Shelter Open Tonight Though Tuesday (Dec. 23-28)

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

With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees
for three or more hours tonight, 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, Thursday,
Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 28. The 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 next week to
discuss shelter operations beyond Tuesday. 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
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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