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Cold weather overnight shelter to open in Tallahassee Monday

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2021-11-29 15:58:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — City and county governments, along with community partners in Tallahassee, are offering free rides to overnight shelters on Monday as temperatures drop across the region.

Anyone needing cold night sheltering Monday night should go to The Kearney Center located at 2650 Municipal Way at 6 p.m. for intake. If needed, overflow shelter will be provided by community partner sites to shelter overnight and leave the following morning at 7 a.m.

Transportation will be provided by the City of Tallahassee’s StarMetro bus service.

"By recommendation of local health experts and due to sustained cold night temperatures at or below 35 degrees on tonight, 11/29/21, local governments and community partners will conduct overnight sheltering to keep those experiencing homelessness safe." officials wrote in a press release sent Monday morning.

They said CDC guidance will be followed at all overnight shelters, including socially distanced sleeping, face coverings, and enhanced sanitation practices.

For those who need more information on cold night shelter planning, you are asked to call the Big Bend Continuum of Care Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (850) 792-5015. For after-hours or weekends, call the CESC/Kearney Center Cold Night Shelter Supervisor at (850) 542-8599.

The following organizations are working together to provide overnight sheltering:

  • Leon County Government
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Leon County Health Department
  • Big Bend Continuum of Care
  • Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC)/The Kearney Center
  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition/Hope Community
  • Good Samaritan Thrift Store
  • City Walk
  • Jacob Chapel Baptist Church
  • Capital City Youth Services (CCYS)