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Cold weather overnight shelter to open in Tallahassee Thursday, Friday nights

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 12:10:26-05

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

Anyone needing shelter on these nights is being told to The Good Samaritan Thrift Store located at 2706 North Monroe Street at 7 p.m.

From there, those in need will be transported to a "community partner site" via a StarMetro bus to shelter overnight and leave the following morning at 7 a.m.

"By recommendation of local health experts and due to sustained cold night temperatures at or below 35 degrees on both 12/17 and 12/18, local governments and community partners will conduct overnight sheltering to keep those experiencing homelessness safe," officials wrote in a press release sent Wednesday afternoon.

They said CDC guidance will be followed at all overnight shelters, to include 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 the 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)
  • ALSCO