Counties open shelters for cold weather

CREATED Jan. 6, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 6, 2014

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County's Office of Emergency Management is opening four shelters Monday night in anticipation of the cold temperatures expected to sweep across Southwest Florida.

The shelters listed below will be open both Monday and Tuesday nights, (January 6th & 7th), at 6:00 pm.   The below agencies/shelters are partnered with the American Red Cross which is providing cots, blankets and pillows.   

Shelters:

Salvation Army located at the 2120 Loveland Blvd, Port Charlotte with a capacity to hold 50 people.  Resident’s needing shelter can expect the shelter to provide a warm place to sleep for the night and limited nutrition. 

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 401 South Broadway, Englewood, FL 34223.  Resident’s needing shelter can expect the shelter to provide a warm place to sleep for the night and limited nutrition. 

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition located at 1476 Kenesaw St, Port Charlotte, FL 33948.   30 spots are available and resident’s needing shelter can expect the shelter to provide a warm place to sleep for the night and limited nutrition. 

New Hope Community Church, located at 5600 S Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287. Resident’s needing shelter can expect the shelter to provide a warm place to sleep limited nutrition.

Hendry County has also opened two emergency shelters. 

An emergency shelter will open Monday night at 6 p.m. at the John Boy Auditorium (Beardsley Room) located at 1200 South W.C. Owens Ave. in Clewiston; and the United Way House, located at 133 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle. 

The shelters will be open until 7 a.m. Tuesday.  The shelters are being staffed by the American Red Cross in cooperation with Hendry County Emergency Management.

Lee County will also have shelters open:

The Salvation Army will be open at 2476 Edison Avenue.
 
Guests are welcome to join TSA for a nutritious meal from 5 pm to 7 pm each evening as part of the Meals With Compassion program.

Those needing emergency shelter will stay for a warm night of safe shelter.

In Naples: The St. Matthew’s House has initiated its inclement weather policy, which opens up room in its shelters throughout Collier County for an additional 40-60 people when temperatures drop below 50.

On any given night the Naples shelter provides housing for an average of 130 individuals.